Live Action at Willowbrook Mall

Langley, Police Dog Services, Air 1 Unit

2017-08-23 10:33 PDT

File # 2017-30139

Shoppers at Wilowbrook Mall were treated to a bit of live action on Friday (last week) when police chased a car thief through the mall.

While patrolling the Walnut Grove area just after noon Friday, an officer from Lower Mainland Police Dog Services took notice of a male entering a 2013 Ford Focus that had been stolen from Surrey sometime overnight. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle unsuccessfully and the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed.

Fortunately, Air One was in the area and followed the vehicle through Langley to Willowbrook Mall. The driver exited the vehicle and ran into the mall. A Langley officer located him in Sears and was able to place him under arrest without further incident.

Mauricio Javier AVILA, a 25 year old Surrey Male has been charged with Possession of Stolen Property, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Fail to Stop for Police, and Driving while Prohibited. He has been remanded in custody and will next appear in court on August 24th.

Released by

Cpl. Holly Largy

Media Relations Officer
Langley RCMP Detachment - "Connected with our Community"
22180 - 48A Avenue, Langley, BC V3A 8B7
Office: 604-532-3231
Cell: 778-991-7932
Fax: 604-532-3239


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