Spike in thefts from autos in east Maple Ridge

Police remind residents to install immobilizers or lock their steering wheels with an anti-theft device.

  • Dec. 21, 2011 2:00 p.m.

Ridge Meadows RCMP knocked on doors in east Maple Ridge on Wednesday to remind residents to remove valuable items from their vehicles.

The face-to-face reminder was done following a spike in thefts from cars in Albion, from 240th to 244th Streets,  between and 100 and 104 avenues.

Police remind residents to install immobilizers or lock their steering wheels with an anti-theft device.

“Remove any items of value, or at least keep them out of plain sight,” said Cpl. Alanna Dunlop. “Thieves will not try to get into a car if they’re not likely to be able to steal items.”

This includes small change and even recycling items of value such as bottles or cans.

On cold mornings or evenings, police advise drivers not to leave cars unattended with the engine running.

Ridge Meadows RCMP are also asking resident to report all incidents of crime, not matter how small or insignificant it may seem to you.

The reports allow police to track spikes in crime and deploy the right resources which could eventually lead to an arrest.

 

Arrest at shelter

Ridge Meadows RCMP arrested a 25-year-old man on Tuesday after he allegedly threatened another man at a Maple Ridge homeless shelter.

Police were called to the Salvation Army Caring Place on the Lougheed Highway around 3:40 p.m. after one man intimidated another with a weapon.

The suspect tried to leave the area, but was taken into custody once police arrived.

Police said he has no fixed address. The weapon he allegedly used was found and seized by police.

The man who was arrested was held in custody overnight for a court appearance on Wednesday.

 

Curfew broken

A 36-year-old Maple Ridge man was arrested late Tuesday after police caught him breaking a court-ordered curfew.

RCMP spotted the man around 11:50 p.m., driving a friend’s car  in the 22500-block of the Lougheed Highway.  The police officer followed the car to the friend’s home, where the man was taken into custody.

Police are recommending charges of failing to abide with bail conditions.

He was held overnight for a court appearance on Wednesday.

 

“Hoe pac” stolen

A large, heavy back hoe accessory was stolen off a construction site in Maple Ridge over the weekend.

The “hoe pac,” which weighed around 1,000 pounds, was taken from a property on 236th Street sometime between Friday, Dec. 16 and Monday, Dec. 19.

The hoe pack was made by Allied 2300 and police said heavy moving equipment had to have been used during the theft.

• Anyone with any information is asked to call RCMP at 604-463-6251.

 

Trailer stolen

Ridge Meadows RCMP are looking for a unique utility trailer that was stolen earlier this week from a house in Maple Ridge.

The black metal trailer with wood boarded sides was taken from Creekside Street sometime between 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 and 4:30 a.m. Monday, Dec.19.

The rear tail gate on the trail is higher than the sides and can be used as a ramp.

The trailer had British Columbia licence plates UGH61X on it at the time of the theft.