Three suspected thieves are facing charges after a single day of break-ins in Langley’s Willoughby neighbourhood.
November 25th was a good day for Langley’s general duty RCMP officers, said spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks.
A residential alarm in the 20400 block of 82nd Avenue netted an unusual attempted heist.
Police were alerted at about 11:20 a.m. and arrived to find two men and a woman loading an entire wood stove from a house into the trunk of a car.
The house had been entered through a front window.
The 49-year-old Surrey woman was arrested on the spot and will appear in court in January, Marks said.
The two men helping her were homeless and had been paid to help move the wood stove. Neither will be charged, Marks said, as they had been told that the woman had permission to move the stove out of the house.
An incident earlier in the same day netted two suspects.
Just after 9 a.m., a homeowner in the 8400 block of 196th Street came back to find an unfamiliar red pickup truck parked in the driveway.
She blocked the driveway with her car and call the police.
Officers arrived and spotted two men running from the property. After a foot chase through a treed area, the men were caught, out of breath and covered in mud and leaves, Marks said.
A police tracking dog then established a trail between the men at the arrest site, and the house, linking them to the break in.
Both men, 42 and 46, are from Surrey. They are scheduled to appear in court in February.