(Delta Police Department photo)

UPDATED: Charges laid in citizen’s arrest of Delta break-and-enter suspect

The Surrey driver of a U-Haul that attempted to steal another vehicle will be in court May 10

The acts of some Good Samaritans in Tsawwassen have led to the arrest of a break-and-enter suspect Monday (April 30).

According to the Delta police, officers received a call around 12:30 p.m. about a possible break-and-enter in the residential area near Brandrith Park. When police arrived on scene, a U-Haul van collided with a police car in its attempt to leave. The officer in the vehicle was not injured.

Police did not pursue the van, citing concerns over public safety. It was seen heading north on 56th Street, where witnesses said the driver ran a red light, clipped another vehicle, jumped the median and was involved in a head-on collision with another van.

There were no reported injuries in the accidents. The northbound section of 56th Street was closed following the incident.

A number of witnesses said the driver then exited the U-Haul and tried to take another vehicle near Tsawwassen Town Centre mall. When that attempt failed, he fled the scene but was apprehended by citizens in the area.

Police then arrived and arrested him.

“This was definitely an unusual series of events to unfold in our quiet town, but we’re thankful that no one was hurt,” said Cris Leykauf, Delta police public affairs coordinator.

Surrey’s Michael John Krawetz, 47, is facing 12 charges including: break-and-enter, theft over $5,000, possession of stolen property, assault, dangerous driving, failure to stop, robbery and attempted theft of a vehicle. He remains in police custody, and will appear in court on May 10.

A female suspect is also wanted in relation to these incident.

It remains under investigation.

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