Mul­ti­ple search war­rants un­cover cache of stolen lux­ury goods in Rich­mond

Asian Journal - - BRITISH COLUMBIA -

Rich­mond: Rich­mond RCMP of­fi­cers were ex­tremely busy lead­ing up to the New Year, es­pe­cially of­fi­cers from our 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, 4 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, 2018 Aaron Young was re­leased on bail and was iden­ti­fied and re-ar­rested on De­cem­ber 19, 2018 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 afore­men­tioned 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 fif­teen charges. Aaron James Young, 42, of Rich­mond has been charged with ten counts of break and en­ter, one count of as­sault with a weapon, two counts of us­ing a dis­guise with in­tent to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence and two counts pos­ses­sion of prop­erty ob­tained by crime over $5000.

At the time of this re­lease, Mr. Young re­mains in cus­tody and ad­di­tional charges maybe forth­com­ing.

“We 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,” says Cor­po­ral Den­nis Hwang.

“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 1000 items, that have been seized. Amongst items seized, were two ve­hi­cles uti­lized by the ac­cused. We want to re­as­sure our com­mu­nity that com­bat­ting prop­erty crime is a top pri­or­ity for our De­tach­ment” adds Cpl. Hwang.

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