Break-ins at new Mark’s store in Maple Ridge

Sunglasses, work boots stolen; RCMP has a suspect.

  • Nov. 9, 2015 7:00 a.m.
A suspect in one of several recent break-ins at the new Mark's location along Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge.

A suspect in one of several recent break-ins at the new Mark's location along Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge.

RCMP are investigating two break-ins and a robbery attempt at the new Mark’s store in Maple Ridge.

The string of incidents started Oct. 23, when the store was broken into overnight. A second break-in occurred the night of Sunday, Nov. 1, and police have noticed similarities that may indicate the same person was involved in both incidents.

A number of pairs of expensive sunglasses and work boots were stolen from the store.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, a store employee noticed a man attempting to steal items from the store.

“When confronted, this male produced a knife and managed to run out of the store,” said RCMP Cpl. Brenda Winpenny. “Through this investigation a suspect has been established, and his arrest is being actively pursued.”

Police are releasing a surveillance photo of a suspect. He is described as a Caucasian male in his 40s, 5’8″ tall with a medium to heavy build. He either has short blond hair, or is bald.

“Anyone with any information as to the identity of the pictured suspect is asked to call police,” said Winpenny. “Investigations into all three incidents are continuing.”

• Anyone with any information regarding any of these crimes is asked to contact Ridge Meadows RCMP at 604-463-6251, or if you wish to remain anonymous call CrimeStoppers at 1-800 222-8477 or leave a tip online at www.solvecrime.ca. Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.