Vigilant Farmers From Abbotsford, BC Help Police Arrest Two Suspected Property Thieves – BC | The Canadian News

A group of farmers in Abbotsford, BC is being applauded by local police for their support in the arrest of two suspected property thieves.

On Wednesday afternoon, a single farmer noticed two suspected men attempting to steal equipment from a property on Tolmie Road, police said in a Thursday news release.

When the suspects noticed that the farmer was watching, they fled on foot, leaving their stolen vehicle behind.

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Abbotsford Police, already patrolling the Sumas Prairie as part of the local flood response, were dispatched to the area as well as additional police dogs and patrol officers.

A group of local farmers kept those responding to police calls informed while first responders set up a containment area and eventually captured the suspects.

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Patrick Schryver and Kusone Robinson have now been charged with theft for less than $ 5,000. Schryver faces additional charges of possession of stolen property and failure to comply with a release order.

“The AbbyPD continues to make the safety and security of the residents of Sumas Prairie a top priority,” the service said in a press release Thursday.

“Members of the AbbyPD Crime Reduction Unit, along with our front-line officers, are on patrol and doing everything they can to hold those involved in property crimes accountable.”

The town of Abbotsford was recently devastated by floods, which destroyed acres of farmland, along with valuable agricultural infrastructure and equipment.

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