Tips help Maple Ridge RCMP collar home invaders

Public tips helped Ridge Meadows RCMP arrest two men and a woman after a home invasion and robbery in daylight hours on Tuesday.

Public tips helped Ridge Meadows RCMP arrest two men and a woman after a home invasion and robbery in daylight hours Tuesday.

Police were called to a townhouse complex on Ford Road at about 7:30 p.m., after reports that two men, one of them armed with a firearm, had forced entry to a townhome and had stolen property from that residence.

The pair was observed getting into a dark-coloured SUV, and being driven away by a female accomplice. The trio was then seen moments later getting into a white car, and abandoning the SUV.

Police recognized the description of the car, and arrested the suspects.

“Fortunately no one was injured in this brazen incident,” said Sgt. Dale Somerville.

“Investigators are in the early stages of the investigation. What I can tell you is one of the males arrested is a well-known offender who has a lengthy criminal history and is a public safety concern.”

This arrest was through the cumulative efforts of citizens and police, added Somerville. General duty and street enforcement police officers were quickly able to ascertain the location of the white car, and the three suspects were taken into custody without incident.

“This afforded police a good opportunity to gather further evidence, including the recovery of the abandoned SUV, which turned out to be a stolen vehicle, that ties the suspects to this crime.”

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with any information is asked to call Ridge Meadows RCMP at 604-463-6251, or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

All suspects have been held in custody pending a court appearance, or hearing, later today.