A $2,000 baby formula theft, a stolen diaper bag and a suspicious fire were three of the 361 calls for service the Mission RCMP attended last week (June 4-11), according to their weekly crime recap.
On Friday afternoon (June 9), a couple in their 40s was arrested for theft after a woman allegedly left a Mission retail store with over $2,000 worth of stolen baby formula. Police say they stopped the woman in a pickup truck — along with a man — after they tried to leave. The stolen formula was returned to the store.
Mission RCMP say the suspects have a history of high-value shoplifting from various communities throughout the Lower Mainland.
The detachment dealt with another baby-related theft earlier in the week. On Thursday (June 8), Mission RCMP arrested a man with an extensive criminal record in connection to the theft of a diaper bag reported earlier that week. According to police, a resident reported his wife’s diaper bag was stolen from their vehicle overnight.
The bag contained a debit card and items of sentimental value from the birth of the married couple’s baby. RCMP found the debit card had been used at a convenience store after the theft and located the culprit through surveillance footage. An investigation is ongoing.
Police also attended a “suspicious fire” with Mission Fire and Rescue Service after midnight on Friday (June 9). Mission RCMP say the blaze appears to have been intentionally set and the detachment’s serious crime unit is investigating the incident.
Homeowners on Wolfe Street in the Silverhill neighbourhood noticed the fire outside their residence and doused the flames with a garden hose. However, the home still suffered some damage.
On Tuesday morning, a vehicle fleeing police crashed into an SUV and sped into oncoming traffic on Lougheed Highway. An officer noticed the vehicle driving on the Cedar Valley Connector with a fake paper license plate and it fled before a traffic stop was attempted.
RCMP found the car abandoned with the engine running nearby and seized it for investigation. No injuries were reported.
Another vehicle fled police on Monday night (June 5) when a truck was stopped after an erratic U-turn near Centennial Park on Grand Street. An officer was about to check if the driver was impaired, but the truck allegedly sped away.
The officer recognized the driver and the truck was reported “parked in a suspicious manner” at a nearby school the next morning. The truck was impounded for a week.
Mission RCMP also responded to a break-and-enter at a rural property in the Lake Errock area. Police say no one was home at the time of the break-in and nothing was taken but damage was caused to the property.
The property had CCTV cameras and a review of the footage is ongoing.