Thursday April 21, 2011

BC Gov't News

Most Wanted Car Thieves Snared

Auto Crime Awareness Month produces results

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ays after the kick off to Auto Crime Enforcement Month when Solicitor General Shirley Bond released 2010 auto crime statistics, police have apprehended three of B.C.’s top 10 most wanted auto thieves.

The first of the arrests from the province’s top 10 auto thieves list came less than 24 hours after the mug shots were released last week, and was the result of an anonymous tip.

“We are encouraged by the general decline in auto crime that we have seen across the province in the past seven years.” said Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Shirley Bond.

Ridge Meadows RCMP arrested 26-year-old Mathew Colin Wolfe at his parents’ home without incident. Wolfe allegedly registered stolen trailers and then listed them for sale on Craigslist. He faces a total of 36 related charges.

Chilliwack MLA John Les had high praise for the awareness campaign saying “Auto Crime Prevention Month is a great way to bring awareness to the initiatives ICBC is doing to combat auto theft, and to celebrate the success these programs have had.”

Also as a result of an anonymous tip, Surrey RCMP arrested 26-year-old Christopher Henry Horkey at a residence in Surrey without incident. His last arrest involved the theft of a 2006 Jaguar.

A third individual from the province’s top 10 most-wanted auto thieves list was apprehended on Tuesday by members of the Surrey RCMP’s Auto Crime Target Team. Officers arrested Mark Forrest from the list, and his associate Desiree Belisle, after they were seen disassembling and trying to sell parts from an older model Honda Accord which was reported stolen out of White Rock.

“The success of the Bait Car Program has made our streets safer. ICBC's ongoing efforts to prevent auto crime are providing positive, tangible results,” said Chilliwack-Hope MLA Barry Penner.

The Province continues to combat car crime with the largest fleet of bait vehicles in the world and a dedicated team of auto theft enforcement police on the ground and in the skies.

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For more information on the Province’s top 10 wanted auto thieves, as well as details on the types of vehicles most frequently stolen and tips to protect your vehicle, visit the bait car program here. 

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