Police moved in on a house in a quiet North Burnaby neighbourhood last week and hauled out vanloads of stolen property, including guns, high-end handbags and expensive booze.
On June 19, at 9 a.m., Burnaby RCMP’s Strike Force Unit surrounded a single-family home at 7206 Braeside Dr. with help from the RCMP’s emergency response team and one of its armoured vehicles.
They were there to carry out a search warrant connected to an investigation into break-ins taking place across the Lower Mainland, according to an RCMP press release.
The investigation began in late April, police said, after a break-and-enter at a residence in central Burnaby while the homeowners were out of the country.
Local Mounties identified two suspects and, in the weeks that followed, linked them to a number of other break-and-enters, in Burnaby, Vancouver, Surrey and Richmond.
Police arrested the two suspects, aged 26 and 27, without incident after officers closed in on 7206 Braeside Dr. on June 19.
A neighbour who witnessed the incident said police were on scene for several hours removing items from the house and garage in vans and towing away a black pick-up truck.
Among the seized items were two firearms, four imitation firearms, multiple high-end handbags, high-value alcohol and other items linking the two men to other break and enters, according to police.
Charges are pending.