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Man pleads guilty to four business break and enters

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:47 PST, Fri January 13, 2023

Richmond RCMP property crime unit, with assistance from the integrated municipal provincial auto crime team, successfully laid charges against a man associated with four break and enters in Richmond.

As police we want to solve crimes and bring offenders to justice to make our communities safer. While we are specifically assigned to investigate criminal offences in Richmond, we don’t work in a vacuum, says Sgt. Russel Yugai, Richmond investigative services. We are connected with all police jurisdictions and agencies throughout the Lower Mainland and province because we know that individuals committing crimes are doing so in multiple jurisdictions. We want to recognize the contributions of the officers at (the integrated municipal provincial auto crime team), whose assistance significantly helped in advancing these investigations.

The break and enters all occurred in March 2022. The first happened around 3:30 a.m. on March 21, when one suspect allegedly broke into at a store in the 9200 block of Alderbridge Way and stole about $2,500 worth of merchandise. Then, between 3 and 4:30 a.m. on March 25, two suspects allegedly attempted to break into three businesses: one in the 11000 block of Steveston Highway, one in the 9300 block of No. 5 Road, and one in the 21000 block of Westminster Highway.

The subsequent investigation resulted in one suspect being identified and charged. Derek John Muirhead, who is known to police, pled guilty to four counts of break and enter.

Richmond RCMP encourage people to follow the principle: If you see something, say something.” Anyone who may have witnessed an incident or who has information regarding a potential criminal offence should contact the police of jurisdiction. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit them online at solvecrime.ca.

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