As a result of an ongoing investigation into a series of residential break-ins that led to arrests at the end of November, the VPD has arrested an additional four people for allegedly breaking into homes in Burnaby in early December.
Since November 9th, several residents reported to police that their homes were ransacked and personal items were stolen. It appears that suspects were circling neighbourhoods looking for potential targets. They would knock on the door, and when no one answered, they forced entry.
The VPD originally launched Project Lookout to investigate the break-ins, which resulted in the arrests of four suspects on November 30th. As a result of the investigation, additional suspects were also identified, which led to Project Lights Out.
Officers from the VPD’s Property Crime Unit arrested four more suspects on December 5th as part of Project Lights Out, after watching them allegedly break into homes in Burnaby. A significant amount of property valued at over $100,000 has been recovered in related search warrants, and additional charges are expected.
“Once Project Lookout was underway, detectives realized there may have been more than one group of people involved,” says Jason Doucette. “This should send a message to offenders that we will continue to investigate, even after arrests are made, and there is always a possibility of additional arrests and charges.”
Crown Counsel has approved two counts of break-and-enter against:
- Corbin Neil Thomas, 28, of Richmond
- Jerome Anthony Wood, 30, of Vancouver
- Dwayne Nathan Dennis, 42, of Vancouver
- Kim Adam Carter, 30, of Burnaby
Investigators are encouraging residents to report suspicious behaviour to 9-1-1 immediately. In addition, police are asking anyone who has been a victim of a break-in, and who has not yet made a police report, to contact their local police.