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Thieves break into Burnaby business twice in 24 hours; steal $500K in equipment

Burnaby RCMP have recovered more than $500,000 worth of specialized surveying equipment stolen during two break-ins at a North Burnaby business in November.

Burnaby RCMP has recovered more than $500,000 worth of surveying equipment after thieves broke into the same North Burnaby business twice in less than 24 hours last month.

Police were called to a business near Still Creek Avenue and Douglas Road just after 6 a.m. on Nov. 13 for a report of a break-and-enter and theft of about $500,000 worth of gear, according to a news release Wednesday.

The following day, at 3 a.m., police responded to a second call at the same business, where thieves had made off with another $30,000 in stolen equipment, the release said.

After an investigation by Burnaby RCMP's Strike Force Unit, which specializes in robberies and property crime, police raided three residences in Mission on Nov. 15.

The stolen surveying equipment was located and seized along with three vehicles.

A man and woman were arrested and released, according to the release.

"Several specialized sections of the Burnaby RCMP, including our frontline officers, displayed a high degree of urgency and perseverance to quickly locate and recover this valuable equipment and return it to it's rightful owners," Burnaby RCMP investigative services officer Insp. Matt Toews said in the release. "The end result was the successful recovery and return of half a million dollars worth of stolen property, which will allow the targeted business to remain operational."

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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