B&E ESSO Processing Centre
On January 6, 2013 at approximately 2100 hours the PMPD received a call from Security at the Esso Processing centre located at 2225 Ioco Road about a possible break and enter.
Security had located a damaged abandoned truck in the North section of the compound, away from the functioning plant and near the storage lockers used by various maintenance workers.
The police responded and found the truck to have extensive damage to the front, the driver’s side, had smashed windows and various forest debris lodged in the undercarriage. The truck seemed to have crashed into a pole in the darkness. The truck was confirmed to have been stolen from Surrey on January 3, 2013. The vehicle was towed from the scene, patrols were made by Security and the officer when the officer left to respond to a priority call.
Roughly an hour later Security called again as they had located 2 males still inside the secure compound. Police responded again and attempted to contain the 200 Acre compound while the Police K9 conducted a track for the 2 males. 1 male was arrested outside of another stolen vehicle which the thieves had crashed. The male was suffering from various injuries and was treated at hospital. The K9 was unable to locate the second male.
Following the arrest of the one male and the search for the second, Police conducted a thorough investigation of the area and found that multiple portable offices, several tool storage containers and vehicles had been broken into. In addition, the thieves attempted to steal 3 separate work vehicles but either crashed them, got them stuck in the mud or blew tires while trying to flee with the stolen goods. The main target of the thefts appeared to be tools and laptops.
The male arrested was a 40 year old Burnaby resident with a long history of property crime. The second male is still outstanding. The investigation is ongoing as the PMPD Forensic Identification unit is processing the scene. It appears that the suspects cut the locks off of old service road gates to gain access to the area. It is unclear at this point if the thieves were successful in stealing anything.