Pitt Meadows trailer thief gets house arrest

Mathew Colin Wolfe

Mathew Colin Wolfe

A man who made Metro Vancouver’s list of most wanted car thieves earlier this year will not be spending any time in prison.

Mathew Colin Wolfe received a 12-month conditional sentence Friday. He will serve it in the community.

The 26-year-old Pitt Meadows man gained notoriety in April as the “first-ever trailer thief” to make the RCMP’s annual Top 10 list.

Wolfe pleaded guilty to 16 of 36 criminal charges, including multiple counts of using a forged document, possession of stolen property and fraud, soon after his arrest on April 4.

Police alleged Wolfe was registering stolen trailers and selling them on Craigslist. They characterized Wolfe as “one of the more prolific trailer thieves in B.C.”, where 500 trailers are reported stolen annually.

Wolfe is confined to his house for most of his 12-month conditional sentence and will be electronically monitored.

For the first three months of the sentence, he is allowed to leave his house for two hours a day; for the following three months, he has a curfew between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.; and a curfew between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. for the remaining six months.

He must pay restitution of $1,452. Wolfe also received a 12-month probation order.

 

Pitt Meadows man charged in break-in spree

Police have arrested a man suspected in a string of break-and-enters that took place this summer.

Ridge Meadows RCMP’s Street Enforcement Unit took Mark William Foreman into custody on Sept. 28 on the Katzie First Nations Reserve in Pitt Meadows.

Police allege the 37-year-old broke into garages, houses and vehicles between Aug. 10 and Sept. 28 to steal cars, sporting goods and threatened a homeowner with a weapon on one occasion.

“He is well known to police, and can become violent when cornered,”  Insp. David Fleugel said of Foreman. “He did resist our members when they were making the arrest, but he was quickly taken into custody.”

Foreman has been charged with four counts of break-and-enter, two counts of possession of stolen property, and one count each of assault with a weapon and theft.

He appeared in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court on Sept. 30 and has been remanded in custody until Thursday.