Fencing operation working out of abandoned Burnaby home busted

Vancouver woman, 42, and Surrey man, 46, face charges of possession of stolen property.

Police have busted a stolen-property operation suspected of working out of an abandoned home in the city.

Just after 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 1, Burnaby RCMP responded to a report of suspicious activity at a residence in the 5000-block of Keith Road in Burnaby, according to a police press release.

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A caller had told police there was a pick-up truck parked near an open garage at an abandoned home and that a man and woman were loading items into the truck.

Upon arrival, officers approached the two people, both said they were doing clean-up work at the residence, police said.

When asked to identify themselves, the man gave a false name and was arrested for obstruction, according to police.

Upon learning his real name, it turned out he was wanted on a warrant from another jurisdiction – and the truck was stolen, police said.  

Police say they also found other stolen property, including a motorcycle, power tools, hand tools, suitcases, camping gear and personal electronics, both in the truck and in the home.

A 42-year-old Vancouver woman and a 46-year-old Surrey man now face charges of possession of stolen property in relation to the incident.

“This investigation serves as an excellent example of the importance of calling police should you notice suspicious activity in your neighbourhood,” Insp. Kathy Hartwig said in a press release.

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