Ridge rioters sued by ICBC
Two Maple Ridge men and one from Pitt Meadows who destroyed cars during the 2011 Stanley Cup riot are among 46 people being sued by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.
The civil suit, filed June 13, seeks to recoup more than $526,000 in insured losses to 77 damaged or destroyed vehicles.
"ICBC has a responsibility to protect our customers’ premium dollars and is taking legal action to recover the costs of these acts of vandalism to ensure they are not passed on to our customers," the auto insurer said in a statement.
The civil court claim was filed two years after a riot in downtown Vancouver following the Canucks' Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins.
Besides looting businesses, rioters flipped and torched numerous vehicles.
Andrew Cuthbert and Jordan Houde from Maple Ridge have already been convicted and sentenced for their role in the riot, but will now have to face the provincially owned insurance company in civil court.
Cuthbert, who received a 90-day prison sentence in April, is accused of helping to destroy a 2007 black Hummer. ICBC has already paid out $39,693 for the Hummer H2.
In February, Houde received a five-month conditional sentence and 12 months probation for his role in the riot. He is accused of destroying a Mini Cooper, for which the insurance payout was $27,346.
Matthew Schulz, a former Burnaby resident who now lives in Pitt Meadows, is accused of destroying a green GMC. He pleaded guilty last November to rioting and stealing a light bar off a police cruiser. Schulz received a 12-month conditional sentence followed by 12 months of probation.
Others named in the law suit come from across the Lower Mainland and all over B.C., from as far away as Nelson, Windermere, Prince George and Tofino.
The claim names Jane Doe or John Doe in some cases where accused rioters have charges pending or may be identified at a later date.
The losses range from small amounts for scratches or broken mirrors to total write-offs.
The largest single damage claim is $61,000 for a 2006 Bentley that was trashed and torched by rioters.
In the past two years, police have recommended 1086 criminal charges against 325 suspected rioters. Police expect to charge 25 additional people in the coming months.
So far more than 100 rioters have been convicted and sentenced.
To read ICBC's notice of claim, visit mapleridgenews.com.
– with files from Jeff Nagel