Court date for career criminal

New Westminster man charged in robberies of up to 18 homes in Langley and the Fraser Valley

A career criminal was back in court last week facing 20 charges in connection to a high profile arrest and the recovery of a large amount of stolen property taken from homes in the Fraser Valley and found at the Super 8 Motel on Glover Road on March 2, 2012.

Ivan Logan Johnson, 33, is charged with everything from possessing a weapon obtained through an offence and possession of stolen property and credit cards to dealing with identity theft.

He was arrested along with Dave Yaroslawsky, 29,  by the Emergency Response Team and police dogs who surrounded the motel room after the two men refused to come out. Witnesses had called 911 after seeing the two men, allegedly with guns, unloading items into a motel room.

Those two men are believed to be involved in up to 18 home robberies in the Fraser Valley, said Langley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks at the time.

The men were in possession of so many stolen items that police had to create a slideshows on their website to allow the public to look through the items and determine what might belong to them.

The police then held a day where victims of break-ins could come to the detachment and view the property.

Police recovered everything from stolen jewelry, including lockets and rings, to coins and electronics.

Johnson, of New Westminster, is a career criminal with pages upon pages of crimes committed in Langley, Surrey and New Westminster, among other places. Among some of the crimes he has committed in the past 10 years include theft and dangerous operation of a vehicle.

Any victims of property crime related to this investigation who would like an update on the court proceedings for Yaroslawsky and Johnson are encouraged to contact Langley Client Support and Victim Services at 604-532-3214.

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