Burnaby RCMP arrests pair in vending machine thefts

Burnaby RCMP has arrested a pair of prolific offenders for allegedly stealing hundreds of dollars from vending machines throughout the Lower Mainland over the past few months.

Burnaby’s prolific offender suppression team (POST) initiated an investigation in December after a report of theft from a vending machine at Burnaby 8 Rinks ice arena.

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Investigators then discovered numerous reports of similar crimes throughout the Lower Mainland, with the suspects using similar methods to steal from vending machines.

“Cooperating agencies played a significant role in bringing this investigation to the successful conclusion we see here today,” Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Daniela Panesar said in a press release. “Prolific offenders often commit crimes in multiple jurisdictions and therefore sharing information is essential.”

Vancouver residents Scott Bown, 49, and Yasmin Mosly, 34, were arrested on Jan. 25 and face multiple charges relating to theft from vending machines.

“Often these types of offences occur in isolation and are considered minor until thoroughly investigated, and it is not until then, when all the small pieces are put together, that the magnitude of the financial loss is realized,” Panesar said.

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