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Top Ten Most Wanted Vehicle Crime Offenders Arrested in Penticton

On May 5, 2015, Penticton RCMP responded to numerous break ins of vehicles and residences in Okanagan Falls and Penticton.  Identification, credit and bank cards, cash, jewellery, garage door remotes, keys and other various items were taken.  Investigation revealed that a number of the credit and bank cards were quickly used around Penticton. RCMP was able to identify a possible suspect vehicle which was believed to have been stolen out of White Rock.  Members of IMPACT (Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team) attended Penticton to assist The Penticton Crime Reduction Unit in the investigation.

The investigators began to look for the suspect vehicle which was eventually located in Penticton at the Best Western Hotel.  Two of the suspects were known to have 17 outstanding criminal code warrants for their arrest as a result of numerous offences in the Lower Mainland and Okanagan over the past several months.  The Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Team also attended Penticton to assist in the arrest of the suspects.

On May 7, 2015 at 1:00 A.M. , members of Penticton RCMP, IMPACT, and Kelowna RCMP moved in to arrest the suspects. One of the male suspects ran from police and was noted to discard a loaded handgun in a nearby bush.  He was pursued by a police service dog and apprehended.  Two females and another male suspect were also arrested without incident.

Arrested were 28 year old Matthew SOPER and 21 year old female Laetitia ACERA who are well known crime offenders in the Lower Mainland. Both SOPER and ACERA were featured on IMPACT’s ‘Top Ten” most wanted vehicle crime offenders and SOPER was also on Surrey’s Most Wanted List. The second male suspect arrested has been released pending further investigation

Both SOPER and ACERA and the other female suspect remain in custody as the investigation continues. Preliminary investigation indicates that SOPER was involved in the recent rash of Break Ins and Thefts in Penticton and Okanagan Falls. Further charges are forthcoming.

Here is an excellent example of Detachments and Integrated Teams working together across jurisdictions to remove two prolific offenders off the street and thereby making our respective communities safer.
 
Sgt Rick Dellebuur
Penticton RCMP
 
Rick Dellebuur, Sgt.
Senior Detail Supervisor/ Media Relations  
Penticton RCMP Detachment
1168 Main Street
Penticton, B.C.
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250-770-4715
cell: 250 490-7835



Auto Crime Enforcement Month: Protect your vehicle and "Treat your keys like cash"

Treat Your Keys Like Cash

For most British Columbians, personal vehicles are a trusted and necessary part of daily lives. You use them to run errands, get to work and for personal travel. Car thieves are no different, except they want to use your car too.

This April is Auto Crime Enforcement Month in B.C. and the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT), the provincial government and Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) are encouraging vehicle owners to help protect their property and "Treat your keys like cash".

"Our call to action – Treat Your Keys Like Cash – is a reminder to all vehicle owners to be vigilant about safeguarding their vehicle keys, fobs and personal property," said Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton. "We all need to do our part to help IMPACT and other police agencies to protect the gains we’ve made in reducing auto crime since 2003."

"Unfortunately, after 10 years of declining auto thefts in British Columbia, we’ve seen the number of thefts increase in 2014," said Inspector Peter Jadis, Officer in Charge of IMPACT. "Auto Crime Enforcement Month is an opportunity for us to remind people about the importance of protecting their vehicles."

Inspector Jadis explains that vehicle security technology has evolved over the past 10 years and car thieves know that it’s extremely difficult to steal a vehicle without the keys, which is why they’re looking to steal keys themselves.

"People will leave their keys, smart keys and valet keys in desks, lockers, or even in the console of their vehicle. This defeats the built in security features and allows thieves to simply drive away. This is why we’re encouraging people to treat their keys like cash and protect them accordingly," said Inspector Jadis.

In addition to protecting vehicle keys, vehicle owners are encouraged to take additional safe guards to protect their vehicle. These include:

  • Do not leave your vehicle unattended while it is running
  • Do not leave your smart keys, valet or emergency keys in the vehicle while it’s unoccupied
  • Remember that your vehicle is a display case for thieves. Items that you overlook as trivial such as loose change, bags, garage door openers and mail may have value to a thief. Keep items out of sight and secure your vehicle when you leave it
  • Use an anti-theft device such as a steering wheel lock or an after-market immobilizer, especially on older model vehicles

"With auto crime on the rise in B.C., we’re urging customers to keep their keys secure at all times, lock their vehicle whenever it’s unattended and remove electronics and other valuables," said Lindsay Matthews, ICBC's director responsible for road safety. "We'll continue to invest in auto crime because less crime benefits everyone and helps control claims costs and keep rates as low as possible."

For more information on how to protect your vehicle and to see the “Top 10 most stolen vehicles” and “Top 10 items stolen from vehicles”, please visit www.baitcar.com.

Corporal Rob Stephenson
Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT)
Desk: 778-290-3871
Cell: 604-306-0644



Two more top wanted auto crime offenders arrested

Auto Crime Enforcement Month is well underway with two more of BCs Top 10 Auto Crime Offenders arrested on Tuesday, April 14, putting the count at four down, six to go. The Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) released its Top 10 Wanted list on March 28 this year.

Bryon Chad DIETER, 38-years-old, had warrants issued by Vancouver and West Vancouver Police Departments for Theft under $5000 and Breach of Undertaking. DIETER, who is currently charged with a number of property crime offences as well as Breach of Recognizance, was arrested without incident by the West Vancouver Police Department. West Vancouver police had received information that DIETER was at an address in their jurisdiction.

Kevin Michael BEECH, 36-years-old, who was wanted by the Surrey RCMP for Unauthorized use of Credit Card Data and Identity Theft.  BEECH who is also prohibited from driving for three years and has a history of breaking into and stealing from vehicles was arrested by the IMPACT Auto Crime Enforcement Team.

Thanks to the public and to information sharing between police agencies, two more of the top 10 Auto Crime Offenders were arrested in one day, says Inspector Peter Jadis, head of IMPACT.

IMPACT, in partnership with the provincial government and ICBC, has helped to reduce automobile theft by 75% since 2003.

Please visit www.baitcar.com to see this years remaining Top 10 Auto Crime Offenders, the Ten Most Stolen vehicles and the Top Ten Items most stolen from vehicles.



Top wanted auto offender arrested – had warrant for assault police officer

Another one of British Columbia’s Top 10 Auto Crime Offenders has been arrested in West Vancouver, on April 3, 2014, for the second Top 10 arrest this week.

Douglas John HOLMES, 43 years old, had warrants issued by Vancouver and West Vancouver Police Departments for Assault Police Officer, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Property and Breach of Probation. He was arrested in the vicinity of a stolen 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, the keys of which are associated to a residential break and enter.

HOLMES was arrested by Coquitlam RCMP’s Prolific Offender team and the Integrated Municipal Auto Crime Team (IMPACT). The two teams had located HOLMES and followed him until it was safe to initiate an arrest. Charges are pending as the investigation continues.

HOLMES was wanted after being identified driving a stolen vehicle in June 2013. During the incident, West Vancouver Police made attempts to stop him; however, he allegedly quickly reversed the stolen vehicle and struck a police officer. HOLMES then fled the scene at a high rate of speed.

“We’re very pleased this individual will be brought before the courts,” says Cst. Jeff Palmer of the West Vancouver Police Department. “The allegations involve a serious disregard for the safety of the public and our officer.” Fortunately the West Vancouver police officer wasn’t seriously injured and has fully recovered from the incident.

Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks were the 5th ranked stolen vehicle in BC in 2013.

"The apprehension of another top 10 Auto Crime Offender within a week brings a prolific offender before the courts and in turn reinforces IMPACT's goal of keeping the citizens of British Columbia safe,” states Insp. Peter Jadis, head of the Integrated Municipal Auto Crime Team.

April is Auto Crime Enforcement Month in BC, and IMPACT, in partnership with the provincial government BC’s Top Ten Most Wanted Auto Crime Offenders. During the previous ten years, this initiative has proven to be highly effective, with 95 of the posted 100 wanted offenders arrested to date, thanks to the help of the media and public.

Please visit www.baitcar.com to see this year’s Top 10 Auto Crime Offenders, Ten most stolen vehicles and the Top Ten Items most stolen from vehicles.



One down, nine to go - Top 10 Auto Crime Offender Arrested

Just days after the list of BC's Top 10 Auto Crime offenders was released, police have arrested one of their top suspects in Abbotsford.

The Top 10 list was released on Friday, March 28, by the Integrated Municipal Auto Crime Team, (IMPACT) as part of a media event to kick off Auto Crime Enforcement Month in BC,

Shaun Darryl BOLKO, 32 years-old, was wanted on a warrant issued by Upper Fraser Valley RCMP for Failure to Comply and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. He was arrested by Abbotsford Police on Sunday, March 30, with another male in the vicinity of a stolen Ford F-250. BOLKO was arrested for the outstanding warrant and breach of conditions.

BOLKO has 15 criminal code charges dating back to 2001 including Assault, Fail to Comply and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. Interestingly, Ford F-Series trucks were the # 1 ranked stolen vehicle in BC in 2013.

"The first of the Top 10 has already been arrested, just days after we published the list," says Inspector Peter Jadis, head of IMPACT. "I hope that sends a message to our remaining nine, and to would-be auto-thieves everywhere."

April is Auto Crime Enforcement Month in BC, and IMPACT, in partnership with the provincial government, is celebrating the work of the past ten years, helping to drive down the amount of vehicles stolen from a reported 70 vehicles a day in 2003, to an average of 17 a day in 2013.

BC's Top Ten Most Wanted Auto Crime Offenders, is a highly effective initiative with 95 of the posted 100 wanted offenders arrested in previous years, thanks to the help of the media and public.

Please visit www.baitcar.com to see the remaining Top Ten, video of Bait Car activations and arrests, and a number of preventative steps the public can take to avoid being a victim of auto crime.

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Corporal Rob Stephenson
Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT)
Desk: 778-290-3871
Cell: 604-306-0644

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