Police who were called Sunday to look into concerns about the well-being of an individual in South Surrey still don’t know if the subject of the call is OK.
But the investigation was fruitful nonetheless, after “a series of bad decisions” ended with the arrest of a man wanted on an outstanding warrant in White Rock and the recovery of numerous items – including a car stolen out of Delta.
Police surrounded a home in the 17400-block of 16 Avenue just before noon Dec. 16.
Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said a 24-year-old South Surrey resident suffered a sprained ankle and surface wounds in the incident, after jumping from a second-storey window and ignoring police orders to stop.
“The male started running away from the residence,” Paquet said. “At that point, the male was warned by the same officer that the police dog was in close proximity and he should really stop.”
When that warning fell on deaf ears and the suspect made a run for a neighbouring fence, the dog was deployed as promised and quickly brought the incident to a close, Paquet said.
The police dog nabbed the suspect by the ankle, doing little damage in the process, he said.
“Jumping out the window caused (the suspect) more damage than the police dog did,” Paquet said.
Following the arrest, officers determined that a black Honda Civic parked in the driveway of the property had been stolen out of Delta, and that its licence plates had been stolen from Surrey.
From inside the vehicle, police recovered “a large number” of items believed to have been stolen in three separate theft-from-vehicle incidents that occurred earlier that morning; two in South Surrey and one in White Rock.
Paquet said no one in the residence at the time claimed either the vehicle or the items inside, and officers are currently working to connect the items to their rightful owners. As well, forensic investigators are examining the recovered items for fingerprints that could lead police to other suspects.
Meanwhile, police continue to search for the individual who was the focus of the well-being call.
“We haven’t been able to confirm if the subject we were concerned for is OK or not,” Paquet said, describing the subject as a Surrey resident who is well-known to police. “We’re still investigating and trying to locate him at this point.”