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Suspect pleads guilty following six Richmond RCMP investigations

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:40 PDT, Mon August 8, 2022

A man has pleaded guilty to seven charges following six Richmond RCMP investigations that included several commercial break and enters.

The same man was alleged to have committed all six offences. They included a commercial break and enter in the 11000 block of Bridgeport Road on Jan. 30 and a commercial break and enter to a business in the 8000 block of Granville Avenue on Feb. 9.

“When the break and enter call first comes it’s typically our frontline officers that attend. This first attendance is extremely important as it begins the evidence collection process,” says Cpl. Ray Basi, non-commissioned officer in charge of Richmond RCMP property crime unit. “Officers from our property crime unit then review and provide investigative support to each of these investigations. In doing so, they often recognize the serial nature of the break and enters, which can result in the identification of the offender. In this case it’s resulted in a known offender pleading guilty to seven charges which span six separate investigations.”

As part of their mandate, officers from Richmond RCMP property crime unit monitor and target the highest priority offenders. This form of intelligence-led policing helps police identify repeat offenders and better coordinate their efforts to curb property crime in our community.

Following his guilty plea, Darren Clifford Belcourt was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

If you have been a victim or witness to an offence, Richmond RCMP encourages you to contact your police of jurisdiction. Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit them online at solvecrime.ca.

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