Stolen vehicle with loaded firearm and jerry can seized in Surrey

THE Surrey RCMP Auto Crime Target Team (ACTT) and the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) located a stolen vehicle with a loaded firearm and jerry can full of gasoline inside.

On May 24 at approximately 9:54 a.m., Surrey RCMP ACTT and IMPACT responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle in the 13800-block of 104 Avenue. An off-duty police officer noted the vehicle with mismatched plates and called it in.

Upon arrival, police noted an unoccupied vehicle with one licence plate that had been reported stolen. Two individuals returned to the parked vehicle and a 39-year-old man, believed to be the driver, who is known to police was transported to Surrey RCMP cells and held in custody. The second individual was released pending further investigation.

Investigators confirmed that the vehicle was stolen from Coquitlam in November 2022. The stolen vehicle was seized, towed and a search warrant was executed on the vehicle. A loaded firearm and a jerry can full of gasoline were located inside.

“We often see stolen vehicles connected to other crimes, including shootings where a suspect vehicle is located on fire at another location,” said Media Relations Officer Cpl. Vanessa Munn. “In this case, an off-duty police officer followed their instincts and reported the suspicious vehicle, leading to the arrest, firearm seizure, and very likely the prevention of further acts of violence.”