Mission RCMP arrest, charge prolific property crime offender

Mission RCMP arrest, charge prolific property crime offender

Cody Kematch, 22, is in custody and facing five charges, including theft and possession of stolen property.

  • Jul. 21, 2016 2:00 p.m.

An investigation by Mission RCMP’s Prolific Offender Suppression Team (POST) has resulted in several charges against a local prolific offender.

On July 14 police officers arrested 22-year-old Cody Kematch.

Kematch had been identified as the suspect in several property crimes which occurred in Mission over the previous two weeks.

He has now been charged with five offences – possession of stolen property, fraud, possession of identity document, theft under $5,000 and theft of credit card.

Kematch was held in custody to appear before a Justice. He is currently remanded in custody.

“Property crime remains an issue that Mission RCMP are focused on as priority in 2016,” said Mission RCMP Inspector Ted de Jager.

“Theft from auto directly drives our increase in fraud by allowing offenders to use stolen credit and debit cards before the unaware property owner can cancel them.”

He also said the public can help police combat this problem by reporting suspicious activity and ensuring they never leave any items in their vehicles.