Friday April 13, 2012


Late Night Crime Wave

Police caution residents as Chilliwack sees more 'cat burglar' incidents

Released by Cpl Tammy Hollingsworth, RCMP UFVRD


ince January 1, 2012, the Chilliwack area has had 6 cat burglaries. A cat burglary is defined as an incident where a suspect breaks into a residence or into an attached residential garage overnight while people are at home asleep and is primarily undetected by the occupant of the home.


According to the UFVRD RCMP Criminal Analyst:

  • These incidents have primarily been occurring in the North Chilliwack area which includes the downtown and Fairfield Island. There was one occurrence in Sardis and one in the Yarrow area. These cat burglaries are happening overnight through to the early morning hours;

  • In 4 of the 6 cases, people were inside their residences asleep when the suspect entered their home and departed undetected. In 2 of the cases, the home owner interrupted and the suspect fled. In all of these incidents single family houses were targeted including one in a gated community;

  • Entry into the houses is mainly through unlocked doors or windows;

  • Items that have been stolen are purses, wallets, cigarettes, coin collections, food, alcohol, and small electronic devices;

  • On January 26, 2012, a suspect was described as a Caucasian male, 6'0" tall, with a slim build and facial hair. He was wearing a black and red hooded jacket and black pants;

  • On March 28, 2012, a suspect was described as a male, approximately 5'10" tall with a medium build. He was carrying a flashlight;

  • In one recent incident, a green 2 door sedan was seen in the area and could possibly be associated to a suspect.

"In response to these crimes Chilliwack RCMP has enhanced neighbourhood patrols in marked and unmarked police vehicles during night and early morning hours," says Corporal Tammy Hollingsworth. "We are also encouraging people to talk to their neighbours about these crimes, and to look after each other."

"Our investigators are working diligently to find and arrest the person, or persons, responsible for these serious crimes," says Corporal Hollingsworth. "As a precaution, we want to remind people that before you go to bed please be sure to lock your doors, take your garage door openers out of your vehicles if they are parked outside, and if you have an alarm double check that it is on."

These types of investigations remain a priority for the Chilliwack RCMP and Upper Fraser Valley RCMP as a whole. Currently, the Chilliwack RCMP Crime Reduction Unit has taken conduct and are actively investigating these incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). If you see someone suspicious in your neighbourhood at night please call 9-1-1 at that time.


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