Chilliwack’s Crime Reduction Unit is marking another success after two men were caught ‘red handed’ coming out of a Reece Avenue residence Tuesday.
Chilliwack RCMP had stepped up patrols of the area after reports of several residential breakins.
Members of the public had also advised police a week earlier about a suspicious vehicle in the area which alerted police to being in the area at the time of the incident.
As members of the Crime Reduction Unit were making patrols, they noticed suspicious activity at the Reece Avenue address. They saw two men carry items out of the residence and place them in a waiting vehicle a short distance away. As the suspect vehicle left the residence, the chase was on.
In an attempt to flee from police, the suspect vehicle side-swiped an unmarked police vehicle. Both suspects left the vehicle and ran on foot from police. The police dog service was called in to track the males who were both arrested after a lengthy foot chase. The arrests were made without incident.
“This is an excellent example of the police recognizing a problem in our community and going out to face it head-on,” said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck. “Our Crime Reduction Unit has been working tirelessly in an effort to reduce the number of break and enters and we are hopeful that with these arrests the numbers will come down.” Police were able to locate the stolen property from the address and return it to the owners.
Both suspect males are known to police and from Chilliwack.