Langley senior guilty of property theft

74-year-old involved in stealing new truck, excavation equipment.

A Langley senior will be sentenced next month for several property theft crimes two years ago.

A trial has concluded and 74-year-old Roelof Den Dryver was found guilty of theft over $5,000, stolen property over $5,000 and reporting a crime that was false.

He was acquitted on a charge of assaulting a police officer. Den Dryver is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 3 in Surrey Provincial Court.

After a lengthy investigation, charges were laid against him and his co-accused Derek Hall, 31. They are accused in a number of property crimes, including stealing a brand new truck during a test drive, and stealing a bulldozer and trailer.

Additionally, when police arrived on the property in the 6600 block of 256 Street and announced they would be executing a search warrant, Den Dryver was accused of punching one of the officers in the face.

Police allege Den Dryver attended a local dealership and test drove a new 2012 Dodge pickup.

A short time later, he reported to police that he had been carjacked and the truck had been  stolen.

Later that month, Langley RCMP received a report of a new Dodge pickup truck parked in the trees on the property where the two men live. However, when officers went there, no truck was found.

Also that March, Langley RCMP received a report that a Caterpillar loader and a Komatsu bulldozer had been stolen from a construction site.

During the search, both the loader and bulldozer were recovered, as well as a key for the new Dodge pickup that had  allegedly been carjacked.

Additionally, a large utility trailer was located on the property and determined to have been stolen. It was returned to the owner.

Den Dryver is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 3 in Surrey Provincial Court.