ON Wednesday at 3:43 p.m., a farmer living in the 2900-block of Tolmie Road located two suspicious males attempting to steal equipment from the property. Upon being noticed by the farmer, the two males fled the area on foot leaving their vehicle behind. The vehicle had been reported stolen.
Abbotsford Police flood response officers already patrolling the Sumas Prairie were immediately dispatched. Additional patrol officers and the Integrated Police Dog Service (IPDS) were also dispatched. During this time, farmers in the area provided vital information to police call takers that assisted responding officers.
Containment of the area was quickly established and, with the assistance of the IPDS, the two males were taken into custody without injury. Patrick Schryver has been charged with possession of stolen property, theft under $5,000 and breach of release order. Kusone Robinson has been charged with theft under $5,000. Both offenders are known to the police.
The Abbotsford Police said that they continue to make the safety and security of the Sumas Prairie residents a top priority. Members of the Crime Reduction Unit, along with frontline officers, are out patrolling and making every effort to hold those involved in property crime offences responsible.
Police are reminding residents to report any suspicious activity to them and to be mindful of not only their own property, but also that of their neighbours.