Fourteen people were arrested in Abbotsford on Wednesday, including one after a search warrant was executed on a rural property in the 27600 block of Downes Road.
Abbotsford Police Sgt. Judy Bird said the warrant was related to an ongoing investigation that stemmed from a commercial break-and-enter which took place “days prior” in Abbotsford.
Bird said, due to the investigation still being underway, she could not provide any details on the break-in, including where and when it occurred and what might have been stolen.
She also said she could not divulge what the search warrant on Wednesday had uncovered.
Bird said the warrant was executed by the Abbotsford Police Department’s crime reduction unit, with the assistance of the emergency response team, the drug enforcement unit and the patrol division.
Five people were in the home at the time, and they were detained while the search was underway. Four were then released, and one man was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant.
Also through the evening, another 13 people not connected to the Downes Road investigation were arrested at various locations across Abbotsford.
Bird said of the 14 people arrested in total, six were wanted on warrants in Abbotsford, two were wanted on warrants in Mission, one was wanted in Langley and one was wanted on a warrant through the RCMP’s Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment.
Of the remaining four, three were arrested for breaching their conditions and one on a mischief charge.
Bird said 13 of the individuals who were taken into custody have been released pending further investigation.
On Thursday morning, Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr tweeted about the arrests.
“Busy night with 14 in custody. Proactive work results in multiple warrant arrests,” he stated.
No further details are available at this time.
The area of Downes Road where the search warrant was executed is between 272 Street and Lefeuvre Road in west Abbotsford and south of Highway 1.
Great work by #AbbyPD Patrol Shift 1 & jail staff. Busy night with 14 in custody. Proactive work results in multiple warrant arrests. Keeping #Abbotsford safe. #Service #StrengthInCommunity pic.twitter.com/Bbdf4Wnqjl
— Mike Serr (@ChiefSerr) March 14, 2019
EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to a misunderstanding of information released by police, a previous version of this story incorrectly indicated that all 14 arrests were related to one investigation.