West Vancouver police use spike belt to stop homeless man and Kelowna woman on crime spree from Whistler

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      After West Vancouver police intercepted two suspects who had been on a crime spree in B.C., officers found the pair to be in possession of stolen property and illicit drugs.   

      The West Vancouver Police Department (WVPD) stated today (December 12) that on the morning of December 1, Whistler RCMP informed West Vancouver police that a vehicle failed to stop for officers and was last seen heading southbound on Highway 99.

      In response, West Vancouver officers prepared for the vehicle on Highway 99 between Horseshoe Bay and Lawrence Way, and spotted it around 7:45 a.m. entering West Vancouver near Lawrence Way.

      When police tried to stop the vehicle, it made no effort to pull over and continued on south.

      Consequently, officers deployed a spike belt at Ansell Place, which punctured one of the tires.

      The deflated tire disabled the vehicle, which came to a stop on Highway 1 at the Nelson Creek Bridge. Police took two occupants, a man and a woman, into custody without incident.

      During a search of the vehicle, officers found illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as property believed to be stolen during a break-and-enter in another jurisdiction.

      WVPD spokesperson Const. Kevin Goodmurphy told the Georgia Straight that the stolen items included jewellery and household items. He added that the drugs are believed to be crack cocaine but samples have been sent for lab analysis to confirm. 

      The arrested suspects—26-year-old Emerald Ludmilla Laverentz-Stewart of Kelowna, B.C., and 33-year-old Aaron Michael Goddard of no fixed address—were held in custody overnight.

      Laverentz-Stewart appeared in court on December 5 and was charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000. She has been sentenced to a six-month conditional sentence order and 12-month probation order.

      Laverentz-Stewart has previously appeared several times in provincial courts in Kelowna and Penticton since 2014 to face charges of possession of stolen property, driving while prohibited or with a suspended license, resisting or obstructing a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance, failing to appear pursuant to a court order, and breach of undertaking or recognizance. 

      She is scheduled to appear in court in Kelowna on March 13, 2020, to face charges of driving while prohibited or with a suspended license. 

      Goddard, who remains in custody, faces two charges of possession of stolen property over $5,000 and two charges of possession of a controlled substance. He also faces charges of driving while prohibited or with a suspended license, flight from police, and breach of a conditional sentence order.

      He will next appear in court tomorrow (December 13) in North Vancouver.

      Goddard has previously appeared numerous times in provincial courts in Port Coquitlam, Surrey, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, and Kelowna dating back to 2005.   

      He has been previously been charged with or sentenced for assault, carrying a weapon, breach of probation, breaking and entering, robbery, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, resisting or obstructing a peace officer, and using a forged document.

      Goddard is also scheduled to appear in court in Kelowna on December 30 for possession of a controlled substance, which he was charged with on April 19.

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