Gone in 30 seconds – Do you know this theft suspect?


2020-08-20 07:54 PDT

File # 2020-28076

Look at the video below. 30 seconds. That’s how long it takes to step out of a vehicle, spot valuables in a vehicle, break a window in a vehicle, steal valuables from a vehicle and leave.

Today Burnaby RCMP’s Prolific Offender Suppression Team (POST) is releasing this video and asking for the public’s help in identifying the man who is seen on video breaking into a vehicle. The video and incident it depicts also serves as an excellent reminder of making sure you do not leave valuables on display in your vehicle.


Surveillance video of a theft suspect. 


00:16 Window smashes

00:24 Sounds of rummaging through the vehicle

00:34 Vehicle being driven away door closes. 


This video captures the speed at which these thefts take place, says Corporal Mike Kalanj with Burnaby RCMP. This person was not deterred by lighting or the fact this took place in a residential area, instead he was focused on valuables that had been left on display in the vehicle.

The incident on the video above was reported to police on July 13 after the victim discovered their vehicle had been broken into overnight.

To date, police have been unable to verify the identity of the man in the video. He was driving what police believe to be a newer model white Audi Q5.

If you know who this man is, you are asked to contact Burnaby RCMP’s Prolific Offender Suppression Team at 604-646-9999 or if you would rather stay anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-8477.

It’s simple, if you take away the opportunity, there’s a higher potential you’re going to take away the crime, says Corporal Mike Kalanj. We’re asking that members of our community follow our advice to avoid becoming a victim.

Five ways to avoid becoming a victim

     1. Never leave valuables on display in your vehicle

     2. Report any suspicious behaviour in your neighbourhood to police immediately

     3. Ensure you have good lighting in your driveway or car port

     4. Retain serial numbers for any valuables in your vehicle

     5. And – never leave valuables on display in your vehicle (yes, we’re repeating it)

Released by

Cpl. Michael Kalanj

Media Relations Officer
Burnaby RCMP
burnaby.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
6355 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5G 2J2
Office: 604-646-9566
Fax: 604-646-9704

Email: burnaby_rcmp_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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