Block Watch leads to big arrest

Surrey RCMP acknowledge the role of local groups in arrest and charge of alleged mail thief, described as prolific offender.

Reports from the public have led to the arrest of two people believed to be responsible for mail theft in this city.

Last week, Surrey Mounties received several complaints of mail theft throughout the city involving a white Range Rover.

Surrey RCMP began an extensive investigation and on Nov. 5  and located a vehicle matching that description in the area of 192 Street and 54 Avenue.

That discovery led to arrest the suspect driver outside a residence in the 20100-block of Fraser Highway in Langley.

A subsequent search of the residence revealed a second female suspect who was arrested and taken into custody.

Police found evidence at the home related to the offences including bags of mail, identity documents, and tools that can be used to break and enter.

Royce Heaton, a 32 year old from Surrey, has now been charged with break and enter to a mailbox, possession of stolen property over $5,000, and theft of mail.

Emily Parsons, a 24 year old from Langley, has been charged with theft of a credit card.

RCMP acknowledged the watchful eyes and reporting of the local Block Watch groups, which were instrumental in leading to the location of the Range Rover.

“This is an important arrest for the city as the suspect is well-known to police and considered a prolific offender,” said RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann. “It is arrests like this that continue to help drive down the property crime rate in Surrey. We are especially thankful to our Block Watch partners who serve as a second set of eyes and ears for the police.”

Anyone with information regarding these offences is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.