Arrests made after strata furniture stolen in DT Chilliwack

A search warrant in the 45000 block of Yale Road yielded furniture stolen a couple days earlier

The sharp focus on prolific offenders is clearly paying off for Chilliwack RCMP.

A search warrant executed Dec. 28 in the 45000 block of Yale Road yielded furniture stolen a couple days earlier from another apartment building.

One of the suspects has been arrested, and the other is still out on the lam.

It was the strong emphasis on prolific criminals by local RCMP that led to a second search warrant in less than two months at the same address in the 45000 block of Yale Road.

Cole Amey, 28, of Chilliwack was arrested, along with Danielle Baptiste, 25, of Chilliwack.

Amey was initially spotted by investigators on the surveillance tape, and identified as one of two men who broke into the building on Margaret. The pair stole lobby furniture from the common area of the building later seized in the search of Amey’s residence, say police.

The second man hasn’t been identified.

“The Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment CRU continues to target the most active property crime offenders in the area,” said Corporal Brock Rayworth of the CRU. “This investigation was a result of a strong partnership between our Chilliwack Community Police Office General Duty members, our Drug Section, and our Property Crime Section.”

Amey, a prolific offender, was charged with possessing break-in tools, break and enter with intent, mischief, and breaching conditions. He has already entered a guilty plea and received a sentence of five months and 23 days jail time.

Baptiste was charged with possession of stolen property and has been released with a court date of Jan. 21.

A resident of the Margaret Avenue building took to a popular Facebook page to praise police over the arrests last week.

“Great News! The RCMP found our strata furniture!” she wrote. “We will have it back tonight hopefully!

Thank you all!”

Later when it was returned by officers she added: “Forty-eight hours to the minute that the RCMP first came to our building we have all of our stuff back.

“Thanks to a really great security camera which got beautiful shot of their faces!!! Thank you to the RCMP who really do work for us.”

Chilliwack RCMP are still looking to ID the second man who took part in the theft. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the Chilliwack Community Police Office at 604-792-4611 or to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).