In the early afternoon of February 24th a keen eyed resident observed a male loitering in the yard of a nearby neighbor. As the witness did not recognize the suspect as being associated to the residence hence, the witness contacted the New Westminster Police Service. Patrol officers were immediately dispatched.
Within two minutes, patrol officer Cst. Charpentier arrived at the residence located in the 300 blk. Houlte st. Cst. Charpentier gained a vantage point covering the backyard of the residence. From this position, Cst. Charpentier observed that the suspect male was indeed inside the residence just beyond an open patio door.
Police backup officers were on-route, however, the suspect, now laden with stolen property, exited the open patio door to make his escape. It is at this time that Cst Charpentier dashed out from his concealed vantage point and commanded the suspect to the ground. The suspect complied and the arrest was facilitated without incidence.
Assisting officers attended scene. Inside the residence, officers discovered that numerous drawers and cupboards had been ransacked. The property that the accused had in his possession was later identified as belonging to the victim home owner.
The accused male is a 35 year old New Westminster resident arrested on charges of break , enter and theft. Formal charges are pending.