Prolific offender Branden Tanner, 20, was arrested on Nov. 30 for a smash and grab downtown Chilliwack, and again on Dec. 3 for ID theft and possession of break-in instruments. (Facebook) Prolific offender Branden Tanner, 20, was arrested on Nov. 30 for a smash and grab downtown Chilliwack, and again on Dec. 3 for ID theft and possession of break-in instruments. He is alleged to have committed further offences on Dec. 8 and Dec. 11. (Facebook) Prolific offender Branden Tanner, 20, was sentenced to six months jail on Dec. 20 for a series of serious property crime offences over four days between Nov. 3 and Dec. 11. (Facebook)

Chilliwack prolific offender sentenced to six months for December crime spree

Branden Tanner busted for smash-and-grab Nov. 30, then incidents Dec. 3, 8 and 11

A local prolific property offender was sentenced to six months jail just before Christmas after he committed a string of serious crimes before Christmas.

Branden Paul Tanner faced a total of 19 charges in connection to a crime spree over 12 days in early December. The 20-year-old with an extensive criminal history was involved in thefts and break-ins on Nov. 30, Dec. 3, Dec. 8 and Dec. 11.

He was first charged with mischief under $5,000, theft under $5,000, two counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000, and possessing a break-in instrument from Nov. 30.

• READ MORE: Chilliwack prolific offender arrested twice within four days

He then continued with break-ins one day before his first court appearance on the above file on Dec. 3.

Then on Dec. 8, Chilliwack RCMP received a report of a smash-and-grab theft from a vehicle parked on Menholm Road. Evidence gathered by the Chilliwack Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) linked the Dec. 8 theft to Tanner.

He was arrested on Dec. 11 found with a porcelain tool used for smash-and-grabs.

“Thieves often employ a porcelain spark plug attached to a string to break windows out of vehicles,” said Chilliwack RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail.

An unidentified 41-year-old was later arrested alleged to be in connection with stolen property from the Dec. 8 incident. That male was arrested while police served a warrant at a home in the 46000-block of Bole Avenue.

Tanner faced 19 charges but just before Christmas he pleaded guilty to nine of those from the crime spree over four days. From Nov. 30, two counts of possession of stolen property and possession of break-in instruments; from Dec. 3, identity theft, possession of break-in instrument, and a breach; from Dec. 8, theft over $5,000 and fraud, and from Dec. 11, possession of a controlled substance and another breach.

Judge Andrea Ormiston sentenced Tanner in provincial court on Dec. 20 to six months jail minus time served.

• RELATED: Property crime cut by two per cent in Chilliwack and beyond with Valley Sweep – 2016


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