Two men charged with vehicle thefts

Following a lengthy Langley RCMP investigation, charges have been laid against two men believed responsible for a number of property crimes.

Following a lengthy Langley RCMP investigation, charges have been laid against two Langley men, aged 73 and 30, believed to be responsible for a number of property crimes.

Langley RCMP allege that the events date back into the early part of 2011 when the younger of the two men offered to do some engine work on a truck for a friend. The vehicle was delivered, however, in July of 2011, the ‘mechanic’ advised his friend it had been stolen and subsequently reported the theft to police.

Police say that then in March of 2012, the older man attended a local dealership and test drove a new 2012 Dodge pickup. A short time later he reported to police that he has been carjacked and the truck has been stolen.

Later that month, Langley RCMP received a report of a new Dodge truck parked in the trees on the property where the two men live, which seemed strange to the complainant. However, the truck was gone when the member attended.

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

As Langley RCMP Street Enforcement Unit continued their investigation, they applied for and were granted a search warrant for the property occupied by both accused men in the 6600-block of 256 Street.

During the search, both the loader and bulldozer were recovered, as well as the truck the ‘mechanic’ had reported stolen and keys for the new Dodge pickup that had allegedly been carjacked.

In addition, a large utility trailer was located on the property and determined to have been stolen. It was returned to the owner (ICBC).

The Dodge pickup truck was recovered at a residence of a relative to the older man. The vehicle was returned to the dealership.

In addition, when police arrived on the property and announced they would be executing the search warrant, the older man allegedly punched one of the officers in the face.

Roeloff Dendryver, 73, stands charged with public mischief, assaulting a peace officer and possession of stolen property.

Derek Hall, 30, is charged with theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of possession of stolen property and public mischief.

Also, the pair is charged together with theft of a motor vehicle, and two counts of possession of stolen property.

They will next appear in Surrey Provincial Court on October 29.