Richmond RCMP to 16-year-old Surrey male: You can run but you can’t hide!

ON Tuesday, shortly after noon, Richmond RCMP responded to a 9-1-1 call of a break and enter in progress to a residence in the 3000-block of Pleasant Street.
The owner had returned home after being notified that his home security system had been triggered and observed two suspects climbing out of a ground floor window and fleeing on foot. The homeowner ran after the suspects and managed to communicate critical information to E-COMM dispatchers.
Richmond RCMP patrol officers from “Charlie Watch” quickly surrounded the area in an effort to flush out the suspects. The Integrated Police Dog Services (IPDS) was activated and assisted in tracking the suspects.
One of the suspects led police on a complex chase threading 6th Avenue and Georgia Street, through a townhome complex near the 11000-block of 7th Avenue and beyond. The game of hide and seek came to an abrupt end at the dyke where the suspect was ultimately arrested. Police recovered a large amount of cash including foreign currency. A change of clothing was also recovered.
The suspect, a 16-year old male from Surrey, was arrested without incident. A second suspect is still outstanding.
Suspect #2 is described as a dark-skinned male, possibly in his late teens or early 20s, slim build, short afro, wearing a blue sweater, and khaki pants.
“A very concerted effort from the officers of “Charlie Watch” and the Integrated Police Dog Services culminated in this arrest,” said Cpl. Dennis Hwang.
“We had some help from the public as well, which is tremendous and much appreciated. Our investigators are trying to determine whether any other local break-ins can be connected to our suspect and this search will be expanded to other municipalities outside of Richmond. Although he is 16 years old, we would pause to say, for all things, there are very real consequences,” added Hwang. “We are working towards identifying and arresting his accomplice in short order.”

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