Two young men are facing charges in connection with dozens of break-and-enter cases in Surrey.
RCMP said they believe the men were involved in a number of break-ins last month that were all committed with a “very specific modus operandi.”
There were 54 break-and-enters reported in Surrey in June, and in each case the residents’ garage door openers were used to gain access to their homes.
Once inside the homes, the suspects would steal various items including the keys to the residents’ vehicles. They would then use the vehicles to commit other crimes, including thefts and fraud, police said.
Nearly half of the break-ins were committed in only one week, mostly in the Guildford and Newton areas.
“The spike in this particular crime type and subsequent arrests also serves as a reminder that thieves are always looking for opportunities to exploit our inattentiveness to protecting our personal property,” RCMP Insp. Shawna Baher said in the statement.
“It is up to all of us to be vigilant. Don’t leave personal items in plain sight in your vehicle, especially items that can be used to further victimize you and your family.”
RCMP said a number of suspects were identified, and two men were arrested following an investigation.
Sean Robert Gullick, 23, faces 14 charges, including two counts of break-and-enter and three counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000. Gullick was also charged with possession of a stolen credit card, fraud under…