2013-02-12 09:27 PST
With a recent increase in fuel thefts in jurisdictions throughout the Lower Mainland,
Langley’s Street Enforcement Unit took notice of a Ford Truck with two fuel containers in the box (February6 @ 5:20 p.m.). The vehicle proceeded to north Richmond where the male driver and female passenger exited the truck and walked along a set of railway tracks into a warehouse complex. The two individuals returned to their vehicle and began to exit the property, now towing a boat and trailer.
In preparation for affecting an arrest, Richmond RCMP was contacted and provided marked police vehicles and two dog handlers from the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service. At this time, all involved units switched over to a common police radio channel in order to effectively and timely communicate with each other.
As the suspects were approached by one of the police vehicles, the suspect driver reversed and struck a parked vehicle. It then drove around the police car and fled. Officers pursued the vehicle for only a very short time when it was decided that the pursuit be terminated. All marked vehicles disengaged and the specially trained surveillance members operating covert vehicles continued to monitor the suspect as he drove southbound on Highway 99.
The pickup exited the freeway north onto King George Boulevard and attempted to negotiate an eastbound turn onto 40th Avenue. It was not successful in making the turn safely and collided with a hydro pole, knocking it down. The Street Enforcement officers arrived a short time later and were able to safely take the female into custody. The male driver was no longer at the collision scene.
Very soon thereafter, police received information from Coast Mountain Transit that one of their buses had been flagged down by a male covered in mud near the collision location and he seemed suspicious. The bus was stopped by Richmond RCMP members at which time the suspect was witnessed sitting on top of the driver assaulting him, where it is alleged he was attempting to steal the bus and continue his flight.
The male was taken into custody and police determined both the truck and boat were stolen. Langley RCMP has maintained conduct of this multi jurisdictional investigation. Troy REGNIER, age 27 of Delta, remains in custody and will appear in Surrey Provincial Court today answering to the following charges: Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Drive while Disqualified, Drive while Prohibited, Flight from a Peace Officer, Robbery, Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000 and two additional counts of Possession of Stolen Property.
Inspector Amrik VIRK, Operations Officer, Langley Detachment,
The extraordinary efforts by the officers in these jurisdictions – Surrey, Richmond and Langley, have resulted in the arrest of a dangerous individual who remains in custody at this point. Marked and unmarked police units from all three jurisdictions along with Police Dog Services worked together seamlessly to ensure public safety. Special recognition should also be drawn to the Coast Mountain bus driver who recognized the circumstances as suspect and directed to his dispatcher that police should be called. It is always heartening when community partners step up to assist the police.
Cpl. Holly MarksMedia Relations Officer