Charges laid by Surrey’s COVID Compliance and Enforcement Team in connection to theft of government cheques

Surrey, BC – Surrey RCMP is updating the public that two people have been charged in relation to the recovery of stolen government issued cheques by Surrey’s COVID Compliance and Enforcement Team (CCET) on April 25, 2020.

As a result of the investigation by the CCET, Tyler Missen, 30-years-old, and Christine Grasby, 35-years-old, are facing charges related to possession of stolen mail and documents, possession of fraudulent documents, and forgery. The charges stem from incidents which occurred in Surrey and Coquitlam.

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Tyler Missen and Christine Grasby were originally arrested on April 25, 2020. Missen has remained in custody while Christine Grasby was released on conditions.

“This was a particularly concerning incident for people in the community who had their government cheques stolen,” said acting Community Services Officer, “Inspector Wendy Mehat. We are pleased with the outcome and the charges laid in this investigation.”

Do you have information about criminal activity taking place in Surrey? You can report information to Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

BACKGROUND REPORT:

Stolen cheques recovered by Surrey’s COVID Compliance and Enforcement Team
Surrey

2020-04-29 09:25 PDT

File # 2020-62055

UPDATE: Stolen cheques recovered by Surrey’s COVID Compliance and Enforcement Team

Surrey RCMP is providing an update regarding the investigation into the recovery of a seizure of a large quantity of stolen property from several Lower Mainland jurisdictions, including $33,000 worth of stolen Government issued cheques.

After further investigation of the seized exhibits, it has been determined that the $33,000 in government issued cheques are not limited to Canada Emergency Response Benefits, but also included GST cheques, income tax refunds, as well as cheques issued by other organizations.

The investigation is on-going. Surrey RCMP is working with the applicable government agencies to ensure that the impacted victims are notified, and can receive their benefits as soon as possible.

Stolen Covid-19 cheques recovered by Surrey’s COVID Compliance and Enforcement Team

Two individuals were arrested and $33,000 in stolen Canada Emergency Response Benefit cheques were recovered by Surrey RCMP Officers with the Covid-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team (CCET).

Members of CCET proactively patrol Surrey to inform, educate and prevent contraventions of public health safety orders. It was on their patrols that members of the team made note of three suspicious vehicles associated to a residence in Cloverdale. The vehicles were allegedly displaying fake license plates and fake temporary operating permits.

On April 25, 2020, just after 9:00 pm, CCET members attempted to stop one of the vehicles as it pulled into the drive way of the residence however, the vehicle drove into the backyard in an attempt to evade police. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot while a female passenger was arrested without incident upon exiting the vehicle. The driver, a man in his 30’s, was later arrested and taken into custody, after a brief foot pursuit.

Further investigation of the vehicle led to the seizure of a large quantity of stolen proprty from several Lower Mainland jurisdictions, including $33,000 worth of stolen Canada Emergency Response Benefit cheques, and numerous pieces of fraudulent identification.

The arrested male suspect has been remanded to custody, and the female suspect has been released with an appearance notice for a later date. Charges have not been laid, however the investigation is on-going with police now processing the large quantity of seized exhibits.

“This team was created by the Surrey RCMP in collaboration with the City of Surrey to address all aspects of public safety as it relates to the Covid-19 pandemic,” says acting Community Services Officer, Inspector Wendy Mehat. “Not only are we looking out for safety aspects like social distancing, but keeping our eyes out for criminals who would seek to take advantage of opportunities presented by the pandemic.”

Since its launch at the end of March, the Covid-19 Compliance and enforcement Team has conducted more than 12,000 proactive checks of businesses, faith-based locations, event locations, recovery homes, parks and beaches in Surrey.

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