Abbotsford, October 16 (CINEWS): Police’s Crime Reduction Unit have arrested two Lower Mainland men in connection with a series of 38 break and enters in the Townline Hill area since November 2014. The majority of homes were targeted for cash and jewelry. The total value of the stolen property in these break and enter incidents is $750,000.
Last February, Abbotsford Police issued a warning to South Asian families not to keep too much cash and expensive jewellery in their homes following 19 break-and-enter incidents between November 5, 2014, and February1.
Although a variety of items had been stolen, most frequently cash and high-end jewelry were targeted.
Police appealed to South Asians to “give consideration as to whether they want to keep cash and jewellery on hand or whether it might be better in a safety deposit box in a bank.”
The CRU was tasked with investigating these crimes last spring and on September 29, police arrested Shane Conrad Takakenew, 45, of Surrey and Dustin Littlewolfe, 30, of Vancouver. Takakenew has been charged with four counts of break and enter and Littlewolfe has been charged with one count of break and enter in the ongoing APD investigation. Other charges may arise from incidents in Abbotsford or from other Lower Mainland jurisdictions.
Through the course of the investigation, two factors proved vitally important: quality video obtained from cameras in the area of the incidents, and the assistance received from the Surrey and Coquitlam RCMP. In addition to concerted efforts by Crime Reduction Units, the pursuit of the suspects in this comprehensive and challenging investigation required the utilization of patrol, forensic, crime analyst and Emergency Response Team resources, police said.