A 19-year-old man and 23-year-old woman are facing dozens of charges, accused of keeping a hotel room and storage locker filled with stolen goods taken in a possible 55 different break-ins, including a house robbery in Langley.
On April 23, the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) Enforcement Team observed an unoccupied Ford F350 pickup truck in Surrey. The truck had been stolen in Maple Ridge on April 10. This vehicle was associated to a break in at a house in Langley on April 19. On April 23, a male and female drove away in the Ford F350 and were arrested a short distance away.
A search of the vehicle and hotel room in Surrey used by the pair revealed items that have been reported stolen in vehicles and B&Es during the last four weeks from Squamish to Abbotsford.
On April 29, a subsequent search warrant was executed on a storage facility in Surrey where further items were recovered including garage door openers, vehicle insurance papers, in excess of 40 sets of keys, credit cards, jewelry, computers, laptops, cameras, mail, smart phones and hundreds of pieces of ID including passports, Nexus cards, government ID, credit cards and $5,000 cash.
“Garage door openers should be treated just like keys and kept on your person,” said Insp. Peter Jadis, head of IMPACT. “Once an offender has your garage door opener and your address it’s the same as having the key to the front door of your house. Many people are now switching to key FOB garage door openers that stay on your key chain, not in your vehicle.”
Evidence recovered has been linked to over 55 break and enters and thefts from automobiles stretching from Squamish to Abbotsford. IMPACT investigators will be contacting victims in an effort to reunite them with their stolen property.
Brandon Russell Cumming-Hobson, from Surrey, has been charged with multiple counts of possession of stolen property, driving while prohibited, identity theft and possession of a controlled substance. He has been held in custody and will appear in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court on May 5.
Samantha Rose Wooton, from Surrey, has now been charged with multiple counts of possession of stolen property, identity theft and failure to comply with a probation order. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.