Home invasion in Hope

Police catch suspect leaving motel near Lake of the Woods

A 27-year-old Hope man is facing several charges in connection to a home invasion early Thursday morning in the 500 block of Corbett Street.

Police said Brian Trottier entered the residence while the victim was home and stole her purse, which contained vital identification along with other belongings. He was covering his face and chin with a hoodie at the time, and holding what appeared to be a gun.

The woman recognized Trottier and was able to provide police with a physical description as well as a description of his vehicle.

Police later found the vehicle at a motel near Lake of the Woods and waited for it to leave. Hope RCMP members stopped Trottier on American Creek Forest Service Road off Highway 1.

“The vehicle was searched and the victim’s property was found as well as a substance police believe to be crack cocaine,” said Const. Tracy Wolbeck. A paint gun resembling a pistol was also recovered.

“This is a good example of good old fashioned police work and we were able to return the property back to the victim which is always very gratifying.”

Trottier was arrested and charged with robbery, break and enter, and using an imitation firearm. He remains in custody until his next court appearance on July 5.

Trottier is known to police and has a previous assault conviction in Chilliwack from August 2010, as well as breaches of his bail and probation conditions.

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