Young man struck with plate during Pitt Meadows break-in
A young man was hit on the head with a plate during an afternoon break-in at a townhouse in Pitt Meadows on Tuesday.
A 19-year-old man was at home napping after work in the living room of the Barnston View Road home when the break-in occurred, between 4:15 and 4:45 p.m.
He woke up when he heard the noise of the suspect entering the home. The suspect then grabbed a plate from a nearby table and struck him on the head with the plate before running off.
The young man suffered a cut to his head and a concussion.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, approximately 6'0'' tall and was wearing a dark coloured baseball hat, and grey track pants.
“This is a challenging case," said Ridge Meadows RCMP Insp. Dave Fleugel. "Our victim was totally taken by surprise, and did not get a good look at the suspect. We are very relieved he was not badly injured. I do want to notify all of our citizens, especially our Pitt Meadows residents, about this file. Residential break-and-enters do not normally occur when people are home. Although nothing was taken, investigators believe the suspect’s motive was to steal property and only reacted after being surprised that the young man was home."
He added: "We want to remind citizens to safeguard themselves by locking doors, including garage doors, and windows. The more difficult you can make it, the less likely a thief will get in, or even try. You can also help police by reporting all suspicious people. If you see someone in your neighbourhood acting in a suspicious manner, please call us so we can check it out. Together we can reduce crime in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge.”