Prolific Offender Suppression Team Recover Approximately $300,000 of Stolen Property in One Week

Mission, BC – In the last week Mission RCMP’s Prolific Offender Suppression Team (POST) recovered $300,000 of stolen property, totalling over $500,000 in the first five weeks of 2018 including 20 firearms, in investigations that involved multiple municipalities throughout the Lower Mainland.

In one example of alleged stolen property being recovered; On February 7, 2018, Mission RCMP responded to a sighting of stolen Semi truck in the 30500 block of the Silverhill Ave in Mission. Mission RCMP’s POST team was able to locate the semi-tractor stolen from Coquitlam, and an attached semi-trailer stolen from Maple Ridge. Further investigation led Mission RCMP to believe that the semi-tractor and trailer were used to transport a large excavator. The investigation located the excavator in the area of Silverdale Ave/Loftus St, and it is believed that it is also stolen, however the investigation is continuing.

In an unrelated investigation, on February 9, 2018, Mission RCMP’s POST observed Jason Burke who police allege was prohibited from driving, operating a vehicle. Mission POST followed Burke where he was later arrested without incident. Further investigation of Burek led POST to executing a Search Warrant in the area of 14th Ave/Clegg Street where numerous stolen items, believed to be valued over $50,000, were located. Items believed to have been stolen in thefts, and break and enters from throughout the Lower Mainland, including power tools, and an extensive collection for which the owner has been identified, of first edition comic books. This is a significant seizure of stolen property, and it also included a firearm.

Burke has been charged with Driving while Prohibited, Occupying a vehicle with a firearm, Possession of Stolen Property, Fail to comply with conditions of Probation, Fail to comply with conditions of a Recognizance (Bail Conditions), all for which he has appeared in court and released on Bail with further conditions.

The Mission RCMP Prolific Offender Suppression Team is a unit dedicated to pro-actively focus on those persons alleged to be responsible for the majority of crime in Mission, and routinely work with other police agencies in their investigations. Although many of the owners of the recovered property have been identified from around the Lower Mainland, any property left unidentified will be published if required. For victims of stolen property, please do not call Mission Detachment to enquire about any unidentified property at this time.

Mission RCMP wish to remind people to record their serial numbers for items such as tools, so that if they are stolen and located, they can be returned to the rightful owners, and the appropriate charges can be laid.

File # 18-1467 & 18-1545

Mission RCMP

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