West Vancouver break-and-enter suspect arrested while $3,500 mobility scooter found in Downtown Eastside

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      Two separate cases of theft in West Vancouver have resulted in the arrest of one individual and the recovery of a mobility aid to a veteran.

      The West Vancouver Police Department (WVPD) stated in a news release on November 28 that around 2 p.m. on November 14, an officer observed and spoke with a man with luggage boarding a bus without paying fare at Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver.

      The officer managed to obtain information about a possible connection to a nearby residence, and other officers confirmed a break-and-enter had taken place at that location.

      Officers found several stolen household items and electronics inside the luggage that were confirmed as stolen from the break-and-enter.

      Officers arrested 36-year-old Cesar Lopez of no fixed address, who has been charged with possessing property obtain by crime and uttering threats to cause bodily harm.

      Lopez was taken into custody and released pending his next appearance in provincial court on December 4 in North Vancouver.

      In a separate case, the WVPD received a report of a $3,500 scooter being stolen on November 26 from an 86-year-old Canadian Air Force veteran in West Vancouver.

      Vancouver police officers, who discovered the report while investigating a different case, suspected the scooter could be in the Downtown Eastside.

      After a search on foot, they located the scooter near Main and East Georgia streets.

      Police returned the scooter, which was its owner’s only means of transportation, to the owner.

      The investigation into the theft remains ongoing and no arrests have been made yet.