Three men and a woman have been charged in connection with a series of residential break-ins in South Vancouver and Burnaby since the beginning of November.
Starting on Nov. 9, Vancouver police got several calls from residents reporting their homes had been ransacked and personal items stolen.
“It appears that suspects were circling neighbourhoods looking for potential targets,” Const. Jason Doucette stated in a VPD press release. “They would knock on the door, and, when no one answered, they forced entry.”
The VPD launched “Project Lookout” to investigate the break-ins and identified possible suspects.
Investigators then monitored the group, and four of the suspects were arrested after allegedly breaking into a home in Burnaby on Nov. 30, according to police.
The property allegedly stolen during the Burnaby break-in was recovered, along with a quantity of purses and jewelry possibly related to other offences.
“We have recovered a number of valuable personal items that we would like to return to the owners if linked through a police report. It’s not too late to call,” Doucette said.
Charged with one count of break and enter are Vancouver residents Brandon Duncan, 33, Corey Philbrick, 38, and Christopher Sparrow, 33; and Victoria resident Jared Johnson, 32.
The investigation is continuing.