In Downtown Vancouver, police nab 14 individuals stealing electronic devices during theft crackdown

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      After Vancouver police zeroed in on catching thieves in Downtown Vancouver, who were stealing electronic devices such as cellphones and tablets, 14 people have been arrested.  

      Due to a rise in the theft of personal electronic devices from patios and coffee shops in Downtown Vancouver since late summer, Vancouver police conducted six days of targeted enforcement between early September and early October.

      A group of officers strategically placed "bait" electronics, which could be traced when stolen.

      As a result of the operation, 14 individuals were arrested.

      The following 10 Vancouver residents were charged with theft (while charges against an additional four individuals are pending):

      David Bongaards, 54
      Fardin Daneshvar Kalkhorani, 52
      Andrew Dick, 45
      James Dixon, 42
      Ricardo Dos Santos, 44
      Parker Grieve, 23
      Nolan Havas, 43
      Michael Irwin, 44
      Edward Jules, 57
      David Unick, 30

      The VPD is reminding people to protect and keep an eye on their belongings and devices, including cell phones, tablets, and laptops.