THIEVES have repeatedly targeted the property of former president of Surrey’s Brookside Sikh Temple Baldev Singh Kalsi, 66, who is in custody on a second-degree murder charge in connection with his wife Narinder’s death, since last month.
The first break-in took place at the house and out buildings located in the 19400 block of 32 Avenue while Narinder was on life support in hospital home. She was airlifted to hospital on July 13 after being found with life-threatening injuries and was taken off life support on July 20. The family told Global BC TV that the thieves have struck six times. Last Thursday, the family managed to capture images of two suspects with a hidden camera.
Family members allege jewelry, TVs, computers, a tractor and a new van were stolen and supplied Global BC with pictures of the alleged suspects.
SURREY RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet told The VOICE on Tuesday that they had also been supplied pictures of the suspects. He said: “The two individuals we see in the pictures are definitely subjects of interest at this point. We are looking to identify and question them. Again, we see them in the yard, but there are no pictures of them inside the residence. They are trespassing on private property and definitely looking as suspicious as one can look.”
Paquet said the investigators had the assistance of the Forensic Identification Section to see if any of the physical evidence that was recovered or examined can lead to the identification of a suspect.
Although the family told Global BC that thieves had struck six times, Paquet said only two incidents had been reported to them.
He said: “The first one was July 22 where the house was broken into. Several items were stolen as well as a vehicle from the location. That vehicle was recovered six days later on July 28 in Langley. We are following up with forensics to see if we can identify any suspect that might have been in the vehicle.
“The other break and enter report, the most recent one, was August 5. … There is no report that anything was stolen but there was evidence that the residence had been illegally entered and again we are following up with forensics to see if we can locate anything that can assist us in identifying any suspect.”
Paquet said the incidents were being actively investigated. He noted: “We believe the residence was targeted just based on the circumstances of July 13 homicide. [The thieves] knew the circumstances surrounding the location and based on that targeted [the property].”
He added: “It’s something we take seriously and we want to investigate successfully if only to bring some peace to the Kalsi family. They certainly do not need to be victimized twice. We understand that and we are working hard to make sure that this is not going to happen again.”