A joint operation between West Vancouver Police Department and Coquitlam RCMP has led to the arrest of a man in connection with a residential break and enter in West Vancouver which resulted in a loss of approximately $198,000 in personal property.
This was excellent collaboration between our agencies, said Constable Kevin Goodmurphy with West Vancouver Police on Wednesday. We were very happy to recover personal property which has since been returned to its owners.
The investigation started on November 6, when WVPD officers attended a residence in the 500-block of Southborough Drive after a report of a break-in. The home had been ransacked and multiple personal items, including cash and jewelry, had been stolen. The residents were away on vacation at the time.
An image was captured on home surveillance cameras which later helped investigators to identify their suspect, a resident of Port Coquitlam.
On November 20, members of the West Vancouver Police Target Team together with the Coquitlam RCMP Prolific Target Team executed a search warrant at a residence in Port Coquitlam. The suspect was arrested at the residence and officers located stolen property, including items which had been stolen from the Southborough Drive break and enter.
“One of the items seized by police appears to be a ledger of addresses targeted by the suspect,” said Cpl. Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. “There has been so much stolen property recovered that we’re still in the process of finding the proper owners. We’re also in the process of establishing charges for at least five more B&Es in our jurisdiction.”
Michael Horyn, 52, of Port Coquitlam is currently charged with break and enter, and possession of stolen property.
He has been remanded in custody since his arrest and his next court appearance is scheduled for December 13 in North Vancouver.