Male tries to make a clean getaway
On July 19, 2016 a male entered the Sungod Recreation Centre located at 7815-112 Street in Delta, B.C. Seven lockers were broken into and a number of items were stolen including the keys to a 2016 Mercedes Benz E250 valued at over $60,000 dollars. The suspect stole the vehicle from the parking lot.
Members of the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) were made aware of the theft. On July 20, 2016 IMPACT officers located the vehicle at 104 Avenue and 138th Street in Surrey. Surveillance was established and a male was seen driving away with the Mercedes. The vehicle was followed to a nearby car wash and the male began to wash the vehicle when he was arrested. He did not fit the description of the suspect at the recreation centre.
At the time of his arrest the male had 5 outstanding warrants, was a prohibited driver and was in breach of his probation. Charged with breach of probation and prohibited driving is Robert Leo Jones, 33 years of age. He appeared in Surrey Provincial Court on July 21, 2016.
Delta Police continue their investigation into the suspect from the recreation centre.
IMPACT reminds the public to
treat your keys like cash. The owner of this vehicle locked the keys away at the recreation centre but was still victimized.
Up to twenty percent of vehicles stolen in the Lower Mainland are stolen using the keys. This year several vehicles have been stolen when the keys are left in the ignition at gas stations or convenience stores. Keys left on the table in eating establishments or unattended purses in a work environment are also targets.
Keeping a vehicle safe requires a conscious effort for vehicle owners to take all items with them, every time they leave their vehicle. Additional safety tips 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
- Invest in an anti-theft device, especially with older model vehicles
Inspector Brian MacDonald
Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT)