RICHMOND RCMP have recovered a substantial amount of property believed to have been stolen and destined for resale. These items were discovered following the execution of a number of search warrants and a lengthy police investigation.
“The volume of high-end handbags, clothing, shoes, watches, spirits, and personal electronics recovered by our officers was truly staggering. Jewellery, musical instruments, power tools, sporting goods, and several swords were also recovered,” said Cpl. Dennis Hwang on Thursday.
“Our officers have had to painstakingly process and catalog each and every item. It has taken them weeks to go through and process the well over 1,000 items, that have been seized. Amongst items seized, were two vehicles utilized by the accused. We want to reassure our community that combating property crime is a top priority for our detachment,” he added.
Richmond RCMP officers were extremely busy leading up to the New Year, especially officers from their Property Crime Unit (PCU).
On December 5, 2018, officers from the Richmond RCMP Property Crime Unit observed a suspect allegedly breaking and entering to a residence in the 5000-block of Cornwall Street. Following the arrest of that suspect, four search warrants were executed at the following locations:
– One residence in the 8000-block of General Currie Road, Richmond
– One storage locker in the 12000-block of Riverside Way, Richmond
– One storage locker in the 8000-block of Sea Island Way, Richmond
– One storage locker in the 1300-block of East Kent Avenue North, Vancouver
On December 6, the suspect was released on bail and was identified and re-arrested on December 19 after he was observed by plainclothes officers from the Richmond RCMP Property Crime Unit allegedly casing residences. Through investigative avenues, a second storage locker was discovered in the facility located in the 12000-block of Riverside way in Richmond. Another sizeable cache of stolen property was discovered.
The BC Prosecution Service has approved the following 15 charges against Aaron James Young, 42, of Richmond:
– 10 counts of break and enter with intent
– One count of assault with a weapon
– Two counts of using a disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence
– Two counts possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
Young remains in custody and additional charges may be forthcoming.