Police arrest three prolific offenders

A young man who just served a prison sentence for a series of mail box thefts is back in custody.

Ridge Meadows RCMP arrested Brandon Russell Cumming-Hobson on Monday just three days after he was released from prison.

Cumming-Hobson is currently facing charges of theft, breaching bail and fleeing from a peace officer.

He was among three “prolific offenders” arrested this week by Ridge Meadows RCMP.

Kevin Curtis Lawrence, 47 was arrested Sept. 10 and Richard Nelson, 33, was arrested on Saturday (Sept. 14).

“These arrests are quite significant,” said Cpl. Alanna Dunlop.

“One of the crime reduction strategies employed by Ridge Meadows RCMP is targeting prolific offenders. All three of these men are suspected of committing property crime in our community.”

Charges against the trio range from possession of stolen property, fraudulent use of a credit card, theft and failing to abide by court-ordered conditions.

Lawrence was released on bail, while both Nelson and Cumming-Hobson remain in custody.


RID 911 - a success

A campaign that urges people to pick up the phone and call 911 when they see a drunk driver is being credited for a decrease in alcohol-related crashes in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

Ridge Meadows RCMP and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers are celebrating the one year anniversary of the Report Impaired Drivers to 911 campaign.

“Over the first year, the RID 911 campaign has seen a 25 per cent increase in the number of reports of possible drinking drivers in our communities,” said Sgt. Dale Somerville, with Ridge Meadows traffic section.

The detachment received a total of 692 calls from concerned citizens in the first year of the program.

Overall Ridge Meadows RCMP has seen a 25 per cent decline in the number of alcohol-related crashes in their jurisdiction.

B.C.’s tough drunk driving laws and its Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) program  have also contributed to the decrease but Somerville added “there is little doubt the RID 911 has helped increase awareness regarding drinking and driving.”

Pitt Meadows Mayor Deb Walters and Maple Ridge mayor Ernie Daykin thanked the people who called 911 to report suspected impaired drivers.

“A year ago we stood together to launch this program hoping we could potentially save a life or prevent an injury – today we know we have,” said Walters.

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