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Police urge caution amid property crime wave

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Surrey Mounties are warning the public about a wave of property crime spearheaded by a group believed to be responsible for numerous thefts throughout the region.

On March 20, 2014, investigators arrested three suspects following a series of residential break-and-enters in Surrey.

They are Surrey's Stanley Calvin Price, 33, Wyatt James William, 28 of Kamloops, and Glen Allan Nelson, 31, of Surrey.

Price and William are charged with four counts of break and rnter with intent to commit an offence, while Nelson faces the three counts of the same charge.

Police say the suspects are believed to be part of a larger group that is responsible for multiple residential break-and-enters throughout the Metro Vancouver region.

Members of the group are usually select high-end residences believed to contain expensive jewelry and currency. In addition, the group conducts a number of checks to ensure the homes are unoccupied prior to attempting a break-in.

“Our investigators have been very active monitoring individuals believed to be associated with this group and will continue to do so,” said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet. “Due to the prolific nature of these crimes, however, we are reminding residents to be extra vigilant in securing their homes and properties. This is also the time of year where we usually see a rise in residential thefts as people leave more windows and garage doors are open. As a result we urge residents to review their home safety measures to reduce their chances of becoming a victim.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP’s Property Crime Target Team at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS if they wish to remain anonymous. Thefts under $5,000 can also be reported online through the Surrey RCMP website.

For more information on protecting your property visit the Protect Yourself section of the RCMP website.

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