Man charged for stealing wire

Ridge Meadows RCMP investigating thefts of Telus wire in east Maple Ridge

A man from Maple Ridge was arrested Wednesday on allegations of stealing copper telephone cables.

Ridge Meadows RCMP received a call about a theft in progress in 11300 block of Palmer Rolph Street around 8:30 a.m.

The 27-year-old was taken into custody a short distance away with help from the Lower Mainland Police’s Integrated Police Dog Services unit.  Police allege he stole wire from Telus.

“Police have been actively investigating a number of thefts involving telephone and cable wire in and around this area,” Cpl. Alanna Dunlop said.  “A number of crime reduction strategies were in place, and these provided Ridge Meadows RCMP with sufficient evidence to have recommended theft and mischief charges approved.”

Two other people, a 56-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman, were also arrested, but charges against them have not been forwarded at this time.

Johnathan Tattrie has since been charged with one count each of theft and mischief.

Dunlop said theft of wire continues to be a top priority for police.               Tattrie appeared in PortCoquitlam Provincial Court on Thursday September 25, and has been remanded in custody.


Man arrested for brandishing knife

A 25-year-old man with a knife was arrested by police Wednesday in Maple Ridge.

Ridge Meadows RCMP were called just after 7 a.m. by man who reported seeing another man outside a bank on 224th Street holding a knife.

“The citizen felt threatened and unsafe, so he walked back to his vehicle and called police,” said Cpl. Alanna Dunlop.

Police found the man and located others weapons during a subsequent search.

“It’s really unknown why the man was carrying, and displaying, these weapons,” said Dunlop.

“To say the least, it was a scary situation where the average person would feel for their personal safety.  Thankfully this citizen did all the right things.  He made himself safe by walking away from the immediate area, but to a location where he could keep the suspect in view.  He then called police and observed the arrest being made, thus making our community much safer.”

Police are recommending charges of pPossession of a weapon dangerous to public peace, and possession of a prohibited weapon.  The alleged weapons were seized, and the suspect will appear in court at a later date.