Six-year sentence for stolen-property offences

Dave Yaroslawsky previously pleaded guilty to 32 charges related to break-ins in Abbotsford, Langley, Surrey, Hope and Chilliwack.

A Surrey man who was caught with piles of items stolen from homes in the Fraser Valley has been sentenced to six years in jail.

Prolific offender Dave Yaroslawsky, 31, was sentenced Friday in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.

He was given 18 months’ credit for the time he has served since his arrest, leaving about another four and a half years of his sentence.

Of the 58 charges he was facing, Yaroslawsky previously pleaded guilty to 32 counts related to items stolen mainly from homes in Langley, Abbotsford, Surrey, Hope and Chilliwack in early 2012.

The offences for which he was convicted included 23 counts of possessing stolen property, six counts of possessing stolen ID, two weapons charges, and one count of using a stolen credit card.

Yaroslawsky did not plead guilty to any of the multiple break-and-enter charges he faced, saying he was a “fence” for the stolen property and was not involved in the break-ins.

Yaroslawsky and his co-accused Ivan Logan Johnson of New Westminster were arrested in March 2012 at the Super 8 Motel on Glover Road in Langley, after police received a report about a suspicious man who had checked in to a room.

When police arrived, they found a Chevy Blazer in the parking lot that matched the description of a vehicle used in a Chilliwack robbery.

Yaroslawsky and Johnson then became involved in a two-hour standoff with police before surrendering.

Searches of the Chevy and the hotel room turned up numerous items that were found to be connected to several home break-ins.

Police also searched a storage locker in Aldergrove for which they had found a rental agreement in the Chevy.

Among the items seized by police were televisions, cameras, computers, iPods and other electronics; car and house keys; three guns; jewelry; cash; prescription drugs; and various forms of ID, including passports, Care Cards, social insurance cards, and credit cards.

Yaroslawsky was also caught on video surveillance at a gas station using a bank card just hours after it had been stolen and on which he had purchased more than $1,200 in goods.

At Yaroslawky’s sentencing hearing in August, the court hear that he has a criminal history dating back to 1995 – when he was 13 – and has 46 prior convictions for crimes such as assault, break and enter, drug possession and trafficking.

Johnson, 34, of New Westminster was sentenced in September to two years in prison after pleading guilty to several stolen-property offences.

 

 

 

 

 

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