A Richmond man caught before Christmas by the Richmond RCMP’s property crime team, is facing 15 criminal charges and is suspected of being responsible for a “staggering” amount of theft.
It’s taken investigators weeks to catalogue “well over 1,000 items” including watches, jewelry, high-end handbags, shoes, alcoholic beverages, clothing, electronics and musical instruments, among other things.
Aaron James Young, 42, has been charged with 10 counts of breaking and entering, one count of assault with a weapon, two counts of using a disguise to commit and indictable offence, and two counts of possession of stolen property valued at over $5,000.
Young was arrested on Dec. 5 after he was observed by local officers allegedly breaking into a home on the 5000 block of Cornwall Street.
After his arrest, investigators searched four addresses, including a home on General Currie Road and three storage lockers, two in Richmond and one in Vancouver.
After he was released on bail on Dec. 6, Young was identified and re-arrested on Dec. 19 after plainclothes officers allegedly saw him casing homes.
The investigation then lead to a second storage locker in one of the same complexes as another previously search, which contained a “sizeable cache of stolen property”.
As of Thursday afternoon, Young remained in custody, and Mounties say further charges could be laid.
“We have recovered a substantial amount of property believed to have been stolen and destined for resale,” Richmond RCMP Cpl. Dennis Hwang said. “The volume of high-end handbags, clothing, shoes, watches, spirits, and personal electronics recovered by our officers was truly staggering. Jewellery, musical instruments, power tools, sporting goods and several swords were also recovered.”
Police also seized two vehicles which they allege Young used.
“We want to reassure our community that combatting property crime is a top priority for our detachment.”