Richmond Mounties arrest ‘bike bandits’

Richmond RCMP have arrested two suspects in relation to an alleged break-and-enter at a residence near Maple and No. 2 roads.

At around 10 p.m. on Saturday, Mounties responded to a disturbance where multiple suspects, wearing backpacks, allegedly fled the area on bikes before police arrived.

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One suspect was seen near No. 3 Road and Penny Lane, appearing to change their clothing. The suspect, a 31-year-old Richmond man, crashed their bike and was arrested near Lucas Road.

A second suspect, a 31-year-old Richmond woman, was tracked to an area near Bowcock and Moore roads and was also arrested.

“Police are urging the community to be mindful of all suspicious persons including cyclists at odd hours during the day and night. Many criminals are prohibited from driving vehicles and therefore use bicycles as means to get from point A and B. They typically use mountain bikes and can found casing vehicles or residences for opportunities to commit crimes,” said Cpl. Dennis Hwang in a press release.

“In this particular case, the police received excellent information from neighbours who were very attentive. They identified suspicious behaviour and were able to convey that information to our officers.”

Both suspects are known to police and Mounties recovered stolen identity documents and break-in tools from them. Charges are still pending. 

“Once again, the Richmond RCMP would like to remind the community to lock all doors and windows to their homes, ensure their garage is secure, and store vehicle keys out of sight,” Hwang said. “If you plan to be away for extended periods of time, please make sure your home is well-kept, well-lit, and properly maintained. Plan ahead and ensure someone checks your home regularly. If you observe suspicious behaviour, report it to police immediately.”

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