A 911 call from a witness reporting a crime in progress, resulted in the arrest of a suspect within minutes Tuesday morning, Chilliwack RCMP say.
“Calls like this, which resulted in getting a property crimes specialist off the streets, are extremely beneficial,” said RCMP Const. Tracy Wolbeck.
She said the witness gave a “very detailed description” of a man seen breaking into a vehicle parked behind the Child Development Centre on Luckakuck Way at about 9:37 a.m.
It’s also the kind of call the police are asking the public to make, as they launch the latest phase of a crime reduction program.
Public participation is a key element of the strategy to target crime hot spots and quickly deploy officers to make arrests.
Suspect Paul Bonneteau, a 40-year-old man of no fixed address, is “well known,” police said, “for being responsible for several property crime offences in the community.”
Property allegedly stolen from the parked vehicle was found in Bonneteau’s possession, police said.
He is now facing charges of theft, possession of stolen property and mischief.