A 40-year-old man with a lengthy criminal record from across the Lower Mainland was arrested in Yarrow last week for an alleged break-and-enter.
Ifraz Shamil Khan, 40, is charged with break-and-enter as well as flight from police for the incident on Dec. 5.
It was mid-afternoon that day when an alert neighbour called the RCMP reporting a stranger leaving the backyard of a home on Magdalena Place in Riverstone Heights.
Officers arrived and evidence was gathered associating a man and a vehicle to a break and enter into the home.
Early in the evening that same day as officers continued their investigation, they identified the man linking him and the vehicle to a residence in the 3300-block of Robinson Road in Yarrow. After being seen travelling on Robinson Road and failing to stop for officers converging to the area, the vehicle and suspect were quickly located at a home where he was arrested by police.
Khan remains in custody pending a scheduled court date Jan. 7.
“An alert neighbour reporting what seemed out of place to the RCMP,” Cpl. Carmen Keiner of the Chilliwack RCMP said in a press release. “Neighbours watching out for neighbours remains a powerful means of keeping our community safe.”
The Chilliwack RCMP press release describes Khan as a man from Yarrow, but he has an extensive record of criminal behaviour from across the Lower Mainland, including Surrey, Burnaby and Vancouver.
Six years ago he was described as a Surrey man by the Richmond Review which reported he received more than 19 months in prison for a break-and-enter where he stole less than $500 worth of goods, including a fake Luis Vuitton handbag along with his brother Javed Khan.
Among the dozens of criminal charges and convictions Khan has faced over the nearly 20 years include being convicted of two counts of robbery, and one each of theft and using an imitation firearm committing an indictable offence from Surrey in April 2018. He is set to be sentenced on Jan. 6. An application to revoke his bail was set for Dec. 9 in Surrey on that file, and an application for a warrant is now scheduled for Dec. 16.
RCMP reminds everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).