Home invasion in New Westminster possibly linked to drug trafficking groups

THE New Westminster Police Department is investigating a home invasion that occurred in the Connaught Heights neighbourhood on Sunday, August 16.

At approximately 7 a.m., police responded to a report of a home invasion near 19th Street and 10th Avenue. A group of males, allegedly armed with firearms and wearing masks, forcibly entered an occupied home and proceeded to steal valuables and a vehicle. The stolen vehicle is a white, two-door Hyundai Genesis with black rims.

NWPD investigators believe this incident was targeted and possibly linked to groups connected to drug trafficking in the city. Due to several subsequent occurrences of violence in the Lower Mainland, the investigators are working with partner agencies to determine any possible links or group conflicts that may relate to this incident.

“This incident appears targeted and we want to ensure further violent incidents don’t occur in our city” said Sgt. Jeff Scott on Tuesday. “We encourage anyone to report any suspicious activity in their neighbourhood to police.”

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information on these offences is asked to contact Detective Andrew Leaver at 604-525-5411.