‘Fleet-footed’ Chilliwack Mountie catches B&E suspect in the act

Prolific thief David Stephen Wilgosh was already out on bail for a 2017 B&E

A local prolific offender is back in custody after an early morning foot chase Wednesday between he and a “fleet-footed” Chilliwack RCMP officer.

It was just after 2 a.m. on April 18 when the Chilliwack RCMP received a report that a prowler was inside a fenced compound in the 44000-block of Progress Way.

General Duty (GD) officers supported by the Lower Mainland District Integrated Police Dog Section (IPDS) arrived at the scene where an officer observed a male leaving the property through a hole in the security fence.

Once discovered, the suspect sprinted away from police, only to be quickly caught and taken into custody by the officer. Evidence linking the suspect to theft from the compound was seized by police during the arrest.

“The immediate response of police resources and a fleet-footed GD officer played a significant role in the arrest of the suspect,” said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail.

David Stephen Wilgosh, 44, has been charged with break and enter, theft under $5,000, mischief, and possession of break-in instruments.

Wilgosh remains in custody and is due in court Thursday morning.

At that court appearance, Crown is scheduled to ask for Wilgosh’s bail to be revoked. When the alleged April 18 incident happened, Wilgosh was out on bail for an alleged B&E from last summer. In that incident from July 14, 2017, he’s charged with break and enter and three counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000. His co-accused in that case is Ashley Watley and the two are scheduled to go to trial on Sept. 24.

Wilgosh also faces one count of possession of stolen property from Aug. 20, 2017. His trial on that file is set for Aug. 27.

• RELATED: Two men arrested after Chilliwack B&E

• RELATED: RCMP track break and enter suspect across Lower Mainland


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