Four people have been arrested following a VPD project investigating a series of residential break-ins in South Vancouver.
Since November 9th, several residents reported to police that their homes were ransacked and personal items were stolen. It appears that suspects were circling neighbourhoods looking for potential targets. They would knock on the door, and when no one answered, they forced entry.
The VPD launched Project Lookout to investigate the break-ins and quickly identified possible suspects. Officers monitored the group, and four of the suspects were arrested after allegedly breaking into a home in Burnaby on November 30th. The property allegedly stolen from the Burnaby break-in was recovered, along with a quantity of purses and jewellery possibly related to other offences.
VPD detectives are continuing their investigation and additional charges are anticipated.
“The VPD is committed to reducing property crime in Vancouver,” says Constable Jason Doucette. “Based on the information collected during Project Lookout, it appears that not all break-ins are getting reported to police. We have recovered a number of valuable personal items that we would like to return to the owners if linked through a police report. It’s not too late to call.”
Crown Counsel has approved one count of break-and-enter against:
- Brandon Duncan, 33, of Vancouver
- Ms. Corey Philbrick, 38, of Vancouver
- Jared Johnson, 32, of Victoria
- Christopher Sparrow, 33, of Vancouver
Investigators are encouraging anyone who has been a victim of a break-in, and who has not yet made a police report, to contact their local police.