New Westminster – The New Westminster Police Department is currently investigating an incident that occurred on March 2, 2017 at approximately 2:00pm involving the possible attempted theft of a paddle wheeler tour boat, the M.V. Native.
Police were called at 2:11pm on Thursday, March 2, 2017 to the south side of River Road for a report of a possible break and enter to the moored vessel. Initial information indicates that a male suspect had forced his way onto the vessel and had started the engine. The suspect allegedly fired a flare at two witnesses in a nearby boat, thankfully no one was injured.
The New Westminster Police Department Marine Unit arrived on scene and Constables took the suspect into custody without incident.
39 year old Brendan Roger Fediuk of Williams Lake, British Columbia has been charged with the following offenses:
- Break and enter a vessel, section 348(1)(a) of the Criminal Code;
- Carry or have possession a weapon, a marine flair, for a purpose dangerous to the public peace, section 88(1) of the Criminal Code;
- Attempted to commit theft of a motor vessel, sections 334(a) and 463(b) of the Criminal Code.
“This is great teamwork by our Patrol and Marine Unit members,” stated Deputy Chief Constable Dave Jansen. “The quick response of officers led to the successful arrest of the suspect.”
If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to call the New Westminster Police Department at 604-525-5411.