New Westminster – At approximately 8:30 pm on September 24th the New Westminster Police Department officers received a 9-1-1 call from a youth saying that someone had broken into their home and was now hiding under a table. Officers rushed to the scene, and spoke to the youth that was in the home. The youth shared that he took a video of the suspect before scaring him away.
Thanks to the evidence the youth provided police, officers were able to identify the suspect and arrest him later that night.
“We want to commend this young person for their thoughtfulness and bravery,” said Sergeant Justine Thom, “Calling 9-1-1 and capturing video of the suspect were instrumental in allowing police to identify a suspect and make an arrest.”
63 year old James Wood of New Westminster has been charged with:
One (1) count of Breaking and Entering with Intent contrary to Section 348(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.
At this time the suspect remains in custody. The New Westminster Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and guardians to talk to their children about the importance of knowing when and how to dial 9-1-1. Our partners at E-Comm 9-1-1 have helpful information on how to teach kids about using 9-1-1: https://www-admin.ecomm911.ca/community/9-1-1-education/education-materials/
CONTACT PERSON: Sergeant Justine Thom