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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 who were alerted by the Nanaimo RCMP that he was at a residence in Richmond.

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.

Released by:

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



Auto crime drops as IMPACT celebrates decade of success

When the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) first started chasing car thieves in 2003, 70 people a day reported their vehicle stolen to ICBC. In 2013, after a decade of IMPACT, only 17 people reported a stolen vehicle on an average day in BC.

April is Auto Crime Enforcement Month in BC, and IMPACT, in partnership with the provincial government and ICBC, is celebrating the work of the past 10 years.  The month also marks the annual release of BC’s Top Ten Most Wanted Auto Crime Offenders, a highly effective initiative 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.

“Over the past decade, IMPACT has become a model of how you deter and reduce thefts of and from vehicles – by being focused, strategic, adaptable, and consistently driving home the message that if you steal any type of bait vehicle, you’re going to jail,” said Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton. “The benefits of IMPACT to both road safety and people’s pocketbooks are clear and continue to grow.”

“Though we may be best known for our BAIT car program, it’s our enforcement team in the background who are the unsung heroes, ensuring our fleet can be quickly and easily deployed to address hot spots as they occur throughout BC,” says Inspector Peter Jadis, head of IMPACT. “We typically see notable drops when we target specific areas.”

Successes have come not only through IMPACT’s work, but also through the efforts of front-line police officers in detachments and police departments throughout BC.  Key achievements include:

The introduction of the BAIT car program, now the largest of its kind in the world (2004)
Start of annual Top 10 Wanted Auto Thieves (2006)
Stolen lives video, drawing attention to people killed by stolen vehicles (2008)
Bait trailers, trailer theft (2011)
Introduction of Bait property (2013)
According to ICBC, vehicle thefts have decreased 75 per cent, and theft from vehicles has declined 68 per cent in B.C. since 2003. From 2012 to 2013, vehicle thefts decreased nine per cent, and theft from vehicles declined 17 per cent in B.C., the year that IMPACT introduced BAIT property. 

“ICBC invests in auto crime prevention, including the Bait Car program and IMPACT, because less crime benefits everyone and helps control claims costs and keep rates as low as possible,” said John Dickinson, ICBC’s director of road safety. “Even though overall auto crime is decreasing across B.C., you still need to be vigilant and make sure your vehicle isn’t a target for thieves – remove valuables and use an anti-theft device if your vehicle doesn’t have an immobilizer.”

A recent example of the success of BAIT vehicles is the December 2013 deployment of Bait Snowmobiles in southeastern BC, which resulted in a large drop in stolen sleds, while four individuals were charged with possession of stolen property in relation to two separate thefts.

In 2014 investigators at IMPACT are devoting more resources to targeted enforcement, including larger scale auto thefts, such as those running chop shops or doing vehicle cloning. Some thieves are stealing vehicles simply for the value in the metal.

“A car can be reduced to $200-300 worth of recycled metal, and that’s something fairly new that we’re seeing,” says Insp. Jadis. “Ten years ago it may have been more joy riding, or break and enters with stolen vehicles. The policing environment is always changing.”

Please visit www.baitcar.com  to see the Top Ten most stolen vehicles and the Top Ten Items most stolen from vehicles.

Released by:

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



Bait Car Program Now Includes Theft From Vehicles

We've all probably done it - hidden a purse or wallet in the car, while you've taken the dog for a walk, hoping car thieves aren't active in that park. Or left a purchase in the backseat, while you ran into another store. Or, perhaps you've left your tools in your work van overnight, waking up at 5am to find the window smashed, and your livelihood suddenly gone.

Police have a new way to deter thieves and help protect vehicle owners. BC’s Bait Car Program now includes 'bait property.' The Bait Car Program, run by the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT), is recognized as the largest of its kind in the world. Since IMPACT beganoperating in 2003, auto theft in BC is down 73%.

“The IMPACT program has been wildly successfully over the last ten years, with a 73 per cent reduction in auto theft since the introduction of bait cars. I am very proud of the dedicated team of officers and the work they do. I am confident that the bait property program will be equally as successful as our bait vehicle program,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Justice and Attorney General.

This February, as in past years, IMPACT is celebrating Auto Crime Enforcement month in BC, by releasing its list of top ten car thieves. That list now includes thieves who’ve stolen from vehicles. And this year if thieves do break into a bait vehicle, and steal property, police will be tracking and monitoring that property, leading them straight to the thief.

Since IMPACT began releasing it annual Top Ten list, 85 of the 90 top ten car thieves have been apprehended.

“Thieves already know, that if they steal a bait car, they’ll go to jail,” says RCMP Inspector Gary Shinkaruk, of the integrated IMPACT team. “With the kind of evidence we're able to put before judges, the program has been tremendously successful at putting car thieves behind bars. But there’s a new message we need to get out to thieves now – steal FROM a bait car, go to jail.”

The shift in focus from IMPACT comes as police analyzed statistics from 2012. In the last four months of the year, police across BC identified a slight increase in thefts from vehicles compared to previous years. Bait vehicles throughout BC have now been upgraded with the latest audio and video technology to address the issue of theft from vehicles. Bait property will look no different than any other property thieves may find in vehicles, and may range from tool boxes to a gym bag. The difference is it can be tracked and monitored by police.

“Our customers have done an excellent job of helping police reduce auto crime by using anti-theft devices. However, thieves are constantly looking for any opportunity so we're reminding customers to remain vigilant in protecting themselves from auto crime,” said Jill Blacklock, ICBC's road safety delivery manager.

IMPACT is also releasing the list of top ten items stolen from vehicles. They are: smartphones, personal electronics, such as laptops, work tools, credit cards and ID, stereo equipment, cash and change, car parts, garage door openers, sunglasses and keys.

Thieves who break into a bait vehicle to steal property will be seen live on video at E-Comm-9-1-1, the regional emergency communications centre for southwest British Columbia. E-Comm 9-1-1 monitors all bait cars in British Columbia, 24/7 on behalf of participating police.

Top Ten lists and video are at www.baitcar.com, including:

  • Top Ten list of car thieves
  • Top Ten stolen vehicles in BC by region
  • Top Ten ways to protect your belongings

Footage of alleged thieves stealing from a bait car, or a video of E-Comm tracking stolen bait property is available for media at www.sendtonews.com

Sgt. Peter Thiessen
Senior Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
Lower Mainland District RCMP

#200-7485 130 St.
Surrey BC V3W 2V6

Office: 604-598-4274
Cel: 604-614-6177

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