SURREY â€” Surrey Mounties have busted an auto theft ring of six young men they say boosted five vehicles in just 24 hours last week.
Last Friday, Mounties staked out a home on the 7100 block of 151st Street for two and a half hours before raiding it with the help of Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team, police dogs and Air 1 helicopter, according to a Surrey RCMP news release.
After seeing the young men leave and return to the property in stole cars, police entered the home and arrested nine people without incident, the release stated.
"The five stolen vehicles recovered were a 2010 Hyundai Genesis, 1996 GMC Jimmy, 1995 Nissan 200SX, 1999 Honda Civic, and a 1998 Acura Integra,â€ the release stated. "The first two vehicles were stolen from White Rock, and the other three were taken from Surrey. All five vehicles were stolen over a 24 hours span, beginning the morning of September 4.â€
Four of the six suspects charged were minors (aged 15 to 17) on probation for previous offences. They have been charged with various property crimes.
One of the adults, 20-year-old Mackenzie Russell, has been charged with break and enter, possession of stolen property over $5,000 and the dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. Police are not releasing the name of the other man, stating they want to "protect the integrity of the investigation.â€
Mounties are asking anyone with more information to call their high risk target team at 604-599-0502 or leave an anonymous tip with CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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