61 suspects arrested, nearly $15,000 worth of stolen goods recovered during latest Boost and Bust initiative at Metrotown


2024-05-30 11:55 PDT

Over a four-day period earlier this month, Burnaby RCMP’s Community Response Team (CRT), along with members of the Bike Unit, Police Mental Health Outreach Team, Metrotown Security and Loss Prevention Officers, led another Boost and Bust anti-shoplifting operation at Metrotown.

The Boost and Bust initiative aims to strengthen partnerships in the community while enhancing public safety and curbing retail theft.

During the latest initiative, 61 suspects were arrested, resulting in 21 new criminal charges being forwarded and nearly $15,000 worth of stolen merchandise being recovered and returned to local businesses.

12 of the people arrested had outstanding warrants from across the Lower Mainland, including one individual arrested for shoplifting that was found to have an outstanding warrant for failing to comply with the Sex Offender Registry.

In many cases, our officers arrested individuals known to police. In total, five prolific offenders were arrested, as well as 10 suspects with documented violent criminal histories, said Cpl. Mike Kalanj with the Burnaby RCMP.

Clothing was the most commonly stolen item over the four-day period, with one suspect trying to walk away with over $2,800 worth of clothing from a retailer and another attempting to shoplift $840 worth of high-end outerwear.

The Boost and Bust is an important initiative that not only helps curb shoplifting, but also supports businesses, retail workers and Loss Prevention Officers impacted by retail theft in our community.

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Cpl. Michael Kalanj
Media Relations Officer
Burnaby RCMP
6355 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5G 2J2
Office: 604-646-9566
Fax: 604-646-9704

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