Significant arrests of prolific thieves leads to further appeal
2017-03-01 13:12 PST
File # 2017-8779
Surrey RCMP is seeking to identify potential witnesses who may have seen one or more of the suspects alleged to have committed a series of crimes in the Fraser Heights area during December 2016 and January 2017.
In the fall of 2016, the Surrey RCMP’s Property Crime Target Team (PCTT) and crime analysts identified an increase in residential break and enters in the city. Twenty four of those incidents were reported between October and December. After consultation with other Lower Mainland investigators and analysts, PCTT officers initiated a project aimed at identifying potential suspects.
On January 21, 2017, the project had a major development with Surrey RCMP officers arresting Shane TAKAKENEW Jr. for three residential break and enters that occurred the previous night near his residence. A search warrant was executed at TAKAKENEW Jr.’s home and a large quantity of property was found.
As Surrey RCMP’s PCTT processed the large quantity of property seized as part of the search warrant, they were able to link the items to 10 break and enters in Surrey and other Lower Mainland jurisdictions. In addition, Shane TAKAKENEW Sr. and Fabiola DIAZ were also implicated in allegedly possessing some of that stolen property.
As a result of the information collected to date, charges against the three persons have been laid as follows:
- Shane TAKAKENEW Jr. – 1 count of Break and Enter, 8 counts of Attempted Break and Enter, 9 counts of Possession of Stolen Property Under $5000, and 4 counts of Deal With Identity Documents.
- Shane TAKAKENEW Sr. – 7 counts of Possession of Stolen Property Under $5000, and 4 counts of Deal With Identity Documents
- Fabiola DIAZ - 3 counts of Possession of Stolen Property Under $5000
Currently both TAKAKENEW Sr. and Jr. are in custody and DIAZ has been released on bail.
Officers are continuing to collect information about these and other crimes. Police are releasing photographs of both TAKAKENEWs, as well as DIAZ, and appealing to the public to provide any information as to the suspects’ whereabouts during the months of December 2016 and January 2017. This information may help investigators to forward these and other investigations. The three suspects are described as follows:
- Shane TAKAKENEW Jr. – 20 years old, Aboriginal male, 6’4, 250 lbs, with brown eyes and black hair
- Shane TAKAKENEW Sr. – 46 years old, Aboriginal male, 5’10, 180 lbs, with brown eyes and brown hair
- Fabiola DIAZ – 25 years old, Hispanic female, 5’7, 130 lbs, with brown eyes and brown hair
Great cooperation and support were provided during this investigation by the Lower Mainland District Police Dog Services and Air Services to help the Surrey RCMP High Risk Target Team locate and arrest these suspects, says Inspector Shawna Baher, Proactive Enforcement Officer overseeing PCTT.
The arrest of these three people will almost certainly have an immediate impact on crime rates. This is a good opportunity to remind people to make sure their ground level doors and windows are secure at all times to lessen the chance of being targeted by thieves.
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Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.
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