By Alan Campbell
Richmond RCMP is hailing a brave homeowner after police pounced on two people suspected of a daytime break and enter.
At around 2:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, Mounties responded to a call of a break and enter, in progress, in the 11000 block of Seaton Road, near Shell and Williams roads.
Two suspects allegedly rang the doorbell of a home and, when no one answered, they broke in via a locked rear door.
The homeowner, however, was inside and contacted police.
Officers quickly surrounded the premises and two suspects (one male and one female), clad in black, attempted to evade police but were quickly arrested.
The same day, charges of break and enter, with intent to commit an indictable offence, were approved against Richmond pair Rianne Maufou Yee and Kayla Melissa Perry, both 31.
Both accused are known to police, who say more charges may be forthcoming.
“The homeowner was brave in a stressful situation. They were able to provide police with excellent information and our response was swift,” said Cpl. Dennis Hwang.
In Monday’s incident, police say the suspects had a Fortis BC umbrella, which may have been used to camouflage their purpose.
In another recent case, suspects wore hardhats and coveralls and posed as city employees.
“The Richmond RCMP would like to take this opportunity to remind the community to be watchful for those persons approaching homes door to door.
“Whether the persons are from trades, salespeople, or persons in more official capacities, please check for signs that something may be off.
“They may be using props to assist them such as ladders, clipboards, and reflective vests. You do not have to open your door and it is well within your scope to verify who they are and ask for proper identification.”
If you see anything suspicious, police urge people to contact them immediately.