One Ridge Meadows RCMP arrest lead to recovery of $1,300 worth of merchandise. (Black Press files)

One Ridge Meadows RCMP arrest lead to recovery of $1,300 worth of merchandise. (Black Press files)

Mounties nab store thieves in Maple Ridge

Six arrested in blitz targeting known pilferers

After a number of calls and some direct discussions with local retailers suffering shoplifting issues, Ridge Meadows RCMP sprung into action last week (March 8-14).

As a result of the enforcement blitz six individuals have been arrested, two of whom are known to police as prolific shoplifters.

One arrest recovered $1,300 worth of merchandise.

The detachment’s uniformed community response unit (UCRU) launched the project with the intent of heightening the observation, identification, and apprehension of local shoplifting subjects.

READ MORE: Almost 20 drivers caught distracted in RCMP blitz

Targeting high level shoplifting areas, police officers worked on scene in plainclothes and coordinated with local loss prevention officers (LPO) to identify alleged thefts as they occurred.

Shoplifters who are not arrested on scene by an LPO typically evade criminal prosecution as they cannot always be identified with surveillance video alone.

Insp. Wendy Mehat said police need to use their valuable resources in ways that ensure the most success.

“Applying citizen and business concerns is one way we can respond effectively, and so we wanted to answer the calls of our local businesses and support them with this targeted project.”

READ MORE: Pitt Meadows council approves RCMP detachment at art gallery site

Cpl. Tana Goode, who heads up the UCRU team, said building relationships, such as those with local LPOs, is integral to the squad.

“The message we want to get out is that police are out there, even if you don’t see us. If you shoplift in Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows you will be caught.

“Our business community will not be taken advantage of.”

The enforcement blitz occurred over multiple days last week and is ongoing.

Have a story tip? Email:

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

crimemaple ridgeRCMPshoplifting

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Spray paint was discovered at Hot Rocks. (Special to The News)
Popular Maple Ridge summer destination vandalized

Rocks discovered with spray paint along South Alouette

Police shut down 240 Street after a single vehicle accident. (The News files)
Maple Ridge man dies following crash

Police believe he went into medical distress before accident

An early morning fire forced the evacuation of a Maple Ridge apartment building on Saturday, April 3 (Deborah Hampton/Special to The News)
City of Maple Ridge thanks volunteers for response to Easter weekend blaze

Emergency Support Services volunteers stepped up to help displaced residents

A partial image from the painting Kanaka Creek by Eric Hotz, which in the exhibit at the Pitt Meadows Art Gallery.
A Study of Nature exhibition opens at Pitt Meadows Art Gallery

Eric Hotz paintings feature familiar scenes from across the Lower Mainland

Burnaby MLA Raj Chouhan presides as Speaker of the B.C. legislature, which opened it spring session April 12 with a speech from the throne. THE CANADIAN PRESS
B.C. NDP promises more health care spending, business support in 2021 budget

John Horgan government to ‘carefully return to balanced budgets’

A youth was arrested following a car crash on Wallace Street on Saturday, April 10. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Onlookers laugh and jeer as B.C. teen beaten, then forced to strip and walk home

Police arrest older teen, call video shared on social media ‘disturbing’

Surrey RCMP are seeking the public's help to locate three puppies stolen from a South Surrey home on April 10. (Surrey RCMP photos)
Puppies stolen during weekend break-and-enter in South Surrey

Surrey RCMP seeking public’s assistance in locating three American Bulldog puppies

A lady wears a sticker given out after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count slows after last week’s peak

3,219 new cases since Friday, 18 additional deaths

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas did not violate the municipality’s code of conduct by posting a sexist meme on Facebook, council concludes. (File photo)
B.C. municipality to take no action against councillor who posted sexist meme

Tek Manhas’s meme doesn’t violate North Cowichan council’s code of conduct, municipality concludes

Guinevere, lovingly referred to by Jackee Sullivan and her family as Gwenny, is in need of a gynecological surgery. The family is raising money to help offset the cost of the procedure. (Jackee Sullivan/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Langley lizard’s owners raise funds for gynecological surgery

The young reptile is scheduled for operation on Tuesday

—Image: contributed
Indoor wine tastings still allowed in B.C., not considered a ‘social gathering’

“Tasting is really just part of the retail experience. The analogy I use is you wouldn’t buy a pair of pants without trying them on.”

Mounties say they “corralled” four Ford Mustangs April 4 after an officer saw the muscle cars racing down 184 Street near 53 Avenue at about 10 p.m. (File Photo)
Mounties impound four Mustangs

Surrey RCMP say they seized four cars for street racing

Most Read