Tuesday, September 9, 2013
Mounties find stolen fire hose fixtures in Princess Ave drug den
Released by RCMP UFVRD Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen
n August 28th, the Crime Reduction Unit of the Chilliwack RCMP conducted a search warrant recovering a large quantity of drugs as well as fire hydrant connectors.
At approximately 5:14 p.m., on the 28th, the Crime Reduction Unit attended an address in the 46000 Block of Princess Avenue, Chilliwack, B.C.
Upon the execution of the search warrant a large quantity and variety of drugs were seized as well as drug trafficking paraphernalia. Also located during the search were stolen property.
Cst. Bryan Martell advised that "There has recently been an unfortunate and dangerous series of crimes in downtown Chilliwack where someone has been stealing brass from Fire Department connectors on the exterior of buildings. This crime makes these connectors unusable, placing all occupants of the building at risk.
The Chilliwack RCMP and Chilliwack Fire Department have been investigating these offences, and have identified possible suspects on this matter. During execution of this search warrant, police located and recovered most of the Fire Department's brass items."
"Not only was this investigation able to resolve a serious criminal drug trafficking issue, through the diligent work of our Crime Reduction Unit, a serious public safety issue was resolved," said Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen. "The theft of the connectors made the fire hydrants inoperable and a very real safety concern in terms of the ability to fight fires."
These thefts have now stopped.
Charged with the following is known Prolific Offender, 35-year-old Travis Richard Schroeder of Chilliwack. Schroeder has been charged with; one count of Fail to comply with Court Order contrary to Section 145(3) of the Criminal Code, two counts of Possession of a controlled substance contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and one count of Possession Of Stolen Property contrary to Section 355(b) of the Criminal Code.
Schroeder was remanded into custody for a court appearance on September 10th, 2013.
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