Burnaby RCMP investigating staggering number of smash and grabs


2015-12-15 15:09 PST

File # 2015-47974

surveillance video of suspect exiting his vehicle walking towards another vehicle on a dark street

suspect vehicle showing damage to passenger side door

Burnaby RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the person(s) responsible for a series of vehicle smash and grabs that has occurred over the past two months. There have been approximately 350 reported incidents since mid-October in various communities across Burnaby.

This is deeply concerning for Burnaby's Operations Officer Superintendent Stephan Drolet. As such, the Burnaby RCMP’s Prolific Offender Team has focused its efforts on this investigation and will continue to do so until the suspect(s) are caught.

These incidents appear to be random in nature but mostly occur in the early morning hours between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. to vehicles that are parked on residential streets.

What we are seeing is the suspect often driving a vehicle to the area, stop in the middle of the street, get out of his car and then proceeds to smash the driver side window. He then reaches into the vehicle often taking nothing more than sunglasses and change. Sometimes he takes nothing at all, said Corporal Daniela Panesar. The suspect then gets back into his car and drives to the next vehicle and does the exact same thing over and over again all along the street. We have seen as many as 19 vehicles vandalized on one street. Sometimes we see as many as three different areas hit in one evening.

Each incident consists of damage to multiple vehicles parked on a residential street. At this stage of the investigation, we believe that one suspect is responsible for the majority of these incidents, that the individual is likely a male, tall with a slim build, which is why we are appealing to the public for assistance in identifying the suspect and this vehicle.

We are still determining the make and model of vehicle, but at this stage we believe it is a late 90s, light-coloured sedan. Importantly, there appears to be a large dent on the passenger side front door.

The Burnaby RCMP advises Burnaby citizens to never leave your purse, wallet, glasses, cell phones, garage door openers, or personal information in your vehicle.

If you see an incident occurring, call 911 immediately. We also encourage residents to report the crime so that we can capture it in our data.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604-294-7922 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to www.solvecrime.ca.

Released by

Cpl. Daniela Panesar

Media Relations Officer
Burnaby Detachment
6355 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, BC
Office: 604-646-9900
Fax: 604-646-9704


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