Thanks to a concerned Brookswood resident, Langley Mounties were able nab two people after a purse snatching on Remembrance Day.
An elderly woman was in the vicinity of the Royal Bank near 200th Street and 40th Avenue on Saturday, Nov. 11, when Langley RCMP officers and an off-duty member responded to calls of a suspicious vehicle in the area. Arriving in time to witness the crime in progress, they were able to apprehend one of two suspects seen robbing the elderly woman, said Sgt. Alexandra Mulvihill.
However, a man driving the reported suspicious vehicle, was able to flee the area. An RCMP helicopter and a police dog team responded, and assisted in the apprehension of the male driver.
It turned out, when local Mounties received the initial call, the licence plate on the suspicious vehicle was already flagged by police as having been used in another “recent” robbery in Langley, Mulvihill said.
It was determined that the recovered vehicle was a reported stolen. And, a subsequent search led to recovery of evidence relating to four other theft and robberies that had been committed in Langley between Nov. 3 and 10, Mulvihill said.
Brent Christopher Jackson, 37 of Port Coquitlam, has been charged with one count of robbery, one count of possession of stolen property valued at more than $5,000, one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and one count of driving while prohibited (licence suspended).
Jackson was remanded in custody with his next court appearance scheduled for November 20.
In the meantime, Daena Judd, a 41-year-old Maple Ridge woman, has also been charged.
She faces two counts of robbery and one count of possession of stolen property valued at more than $5,000.
She too has been remanded in custody with her next court appearance also set for Nov. 20.
“This is a great example of the community and the police working together to combat crime,” Mulvihill said.
“Citizens should be aware of their surroundings and suspicious behaviour, such as vehicles that appear to be out of place, idling for long periods of time, or returning to one location multiple times, especially heading into the holiday season,” she added.
To enhance personal safety, police are recommending citizens should deposit or withdraw large sums of money during daylight hours, when the bank is open and there are lots of people around, and if not have a friend escort them.