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Kamloops RCMP arrest man they allege is behind commercial break ins

Kamloops RCMP arrested 53-year-old Richard John Burton of Ontario
October 12, 2020 - 9:16 AM

Kamloops RCMP says they arrested a man they believe to be behind a number of local commercial break-ins. 

"Over the past weeks, the Kamloops RCMP have been responding to an increased amount of reported commercial Break and Enter offences in the Sahali area of the city,"   Sgt. Brandon Buliziuk of the Kamloops RCMP said in a press release.

"Numerous investigations are underway and there appear to be common links between many of them."

Work was undertaken by the Kamloops RCMP Crime Reduction Unit, Criminal Intelligence Unit and General Duty Investigators which has now led to the identification of a suspect.

RCMP responded Oct 9, to a Break and Enter at St. Anne’s academy. Several electronic devices were stolen, including 10 iPads and five laptop computers.

The investigative findings led RCMP to the location of a suspect and to the successful application of a Search Warrant.

Kamloops RCMP on Oct. 10, arrested 53-year-old Richard John Burton of Ontario.

"Following the arrest, investigators executed a Search Warrant at Burton’s dwelling unit located at the Star Lodge, 775 Columbia St. Items from the Break and Enter at St. Anne’s Academy were located, along with other evidence in support of criminal activity," RCMP said.

Burton has been charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. Burton has appeared before the Law Courts and has been remanded into the custody of Provincial Corrections pending further appearances.

"Kamloops RCMP believe that the arrest of Richard Burton will have a positive impact in the overall reduction of property crime within the City of Kamloops," Sgt.  Buliziuk said.

"This investigation speaks to the importance of quality surveillance technology and the diligence of recording information such as serial numbers that allow police to link property back to owners."


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