New Westminster – On February 1st members of the New Westminster Police Department Crime Reduction Unit located a stolen vehicle in the 300 block of Ash Street. With the assistance of the New Westminster Police Department Street Crime Unit, the suspected car thief was later located and arrested at a cheque cashing store in a neighbouring municipality. In addition to the stolen vehicle, the suspect was in possession of credit cards that were not in his name.
“Auto thefts can be very complex and dynamic investigations,” Stated Sergeant Andrew Leaver. “Members of the Crime Reduction Unit and Street Crime Unit did an excellent job of taking this driver safely into custody. This suspect can look forward to his day in court.”
45 year old Norvie Nativdad of New Westminster has been charged with the following:
Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000 contrary to Section 355(a) of the Criminal Code;
Breach of Undertaking contrary to Section 145(4)(a) of the Criminal Code;
Breach of Release Order contrary to Section 145(5)(a) of the Criminal Code;
Unauthorized use of credit card data contrary to Section 342(3) of the Criminal Code.
While increased enforcement and targeting offenders is used to combat the problem of vehicle theft, the public can play a role in reducing auto theft by following vehicle theft prevention tips. The New Westminster Police Department encourages residents to use an anti-theft device or steering wheel lock, to keep spare keys in a safe place, and to park in a secure and well-lit space.
CONTACT PERSON: Sergeant Andrew Leaver