Surveillance video footage leads to arrest

Walter Saunders faces numerous charges in connection with break-ins in Hope

A 54-year-old Agassiz man is facing numerous charges in connection with break-ins in the Hope area.

On Jan. 5, Hope Auto Body Ltd. contacted Hope RCMP to advise them that someone had trespassed on their property overnight. At this time, surveillance video of the incident was provided to police.

The following day, Hope Truck and Trailer Repair reported a truck had been stolen from their locked compound overnight. The business was also able to provide surveillance video of the incident. After police viewed the footage from both video cameras, they were able to identify a suspect. Walter Saunders was arrested on Jan. 9 during a traffic stop in Hope.

“This kind of evidence is so helpful to us,” said Const. Tracy Wolbeck. “Both businesses had functioning surveillance equipment that was very good quality and provided a clear picture. The value of their investment definitely paid off.”

Saunders, who is well known to police in the upper Fraser Valley, has been charged with two counts of break and enter, theft of a motor vehicle, and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose. The stolen truck was recovered by Abbotsford Police Department on Jan. 6 on No. 3 Road in Abbotsford.