Three people were arrested and three guns and three stolen cars were seized in a space of two and a half hours this month.
On Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m., Surrey Mounties followed a known prolific car thief as he drove a stolen Acura Integra to 108 Avenue and 148 Street.
It was there that he was arrested.
A search of the vehicle revealed two guns along with a variety of items believed to be used for criminal activity.
Charges of possession of firearms and other property-related charges had been forwarded to Crown Counsel.
Then at 7:55 p.m. the same day, a police dog service team spotted a stolen Audi A4 and gave patrol officers its direction of travel.
Mounties used a spike belt to disable the car, but the driver continued on deflated tires and crashed into a light post near 80 Avenue and 168 Street.
During the arrest, officers noticed the man trying to conceal something under the seat. A search of the car revealed a loaded handgun.
He’s being held in custody on outstanding warrants, as well as charges of possession of a firearm and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
“Failing to stop for police presents a high risk to the public and officers,” said Cpl. Scotty Schumann. “The spike belt is an excellent tool available to police officers. It can cause a vehicle’s tires to become deflated which in turn may disable the vehicle completely or slow it down to reduce the risk to the public and police.”
At 9 p.m., police spotted a Toyota Tundra entering a parking lot in the 9100-block of King George Boulevard that had been stolen in Burnaby.
During the arrest, officers discovered the driver did not have a valid driver’s license and was breaching a court order not to drive. Several charges have been forwarded to Crown Counsel for approval, including possession of stolen property.
To report suspicious vehicles or people, call Surrey RCMP’s non-emergency line at 604-599-0502 or 911 if it’s an emergency. Contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS or online at www.solvecrime.ca