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Chilliwack Mounties nab graffiti suspect thanks to ‘alert’ citizen

Resident who immediately reported alleged vandalism to RCMP directly led to arrest of 21-year-old man
Signage at the RCMP Pacific Region Training Centre in Chilliwack on April 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

A Chilliwack man who was seen vandalizing a building was arrested thanks to an eagle-eyed citizen.

Chilliwack RCMP responded to a report of a man allegedly spray painting a building in the 46000-block of Princess Avenue on Saturday, March 19 around 9:30 a.m.

Frontline officers quickly found and arrested the suspect – a 21-year-old man from Chilliwack. Police later released him from custody pending a future court date.

“An alert citizen immediately reporting an alleged act of vandalism to police directly led to the arrest,” said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail.

RCMP ask anyone who witnesses anything suspicious to contact police at 604-792-4611 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

To report a non-emergency crime in cases where there is no suspect, witness, or follow up required by a police officer, go to the Online Crime Reporting site at

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Jenna Hauck

About the Author: Jenna Hauck

I started my career at The Chilliwack Progress in 2000 as a photojournalist.
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