Police blitz on shoplifting, six arrested

Ridge Meadows

2021-03-16 12:12 PDT

File # Public advisory

Maple Ridge, B.C. – The Ridge Meadows RCMP’s Uniformed Community Response Unit (UCRU) is supporting local retailers and targeting alleged shoplifting suspects.

Shoplifters who are not arrested on scene by a Loss Prevention Officer (LPO) typically evade criminal prosecution as they cannot always be identified with surveillance video alone.

In response to increased calls for police service relating to shoplifting as well as direct discussions with local retailers the UCRU team launched a project heightening the observation, identification and apprehension of local shoplifting suspects. Targeting high level shoplifting areas, police officers worked on scene in covert plainclothes tactics and coordinated with local LPOs to identify alleged thefts as they occurred.

As a result of the enforcement blitz six individuals have been arrested, two of them known to police as being prolific shoplifters. One arrest recovered $1300 worth of merchandise.

Inspector Wendy Mehat states, Police need to use their valuable resources in ways that ensure the most success. Applying citizen and business concerns is one way we can respond effectively and so we wanted to answer the calls of our local businesses and support them with this targeted project.

Building relationships, such as those with our local LPOs, is integral to the team, states Corporal Tana Goode who is in charge of the UCRU. The message we want to get out is that police are out there, even if you don’t see us. If you shoplift in Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows you will be caught. Our business community will not be taken advantage of.

The enforcement blitz occurred over multiple days last week and is ongoing.

Released by
Constable Julie Klaussner
Media Relations Officer
Ridge Meadows RCMP

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