Prolific offender unwittingly leads Mounties to second stolen bike

North Vancouver

2019-06-07 10:48 PDT

File # 2019-14625

On Friday, June 7, 2019, BC Prosecution Service again approved charges against Matthew James Hurren for possessing a stolen bicycle. He was also charged with breaching two conditions of a probation order that required him not to be found in Deep Cove or possess any bicycles.

The conditions stemmed from charges laid against Mr. Hurren May 28th in North Vancouver. In that case as well, he was alleged to have been found in possession of a stolen bicycle, allegedly one of two stolen from Deep Cove on May 27th (previous release). The second stolen bike had not been found. Mr. Hurren had been in pre-trial custody since those charges were laid, and the probation order had been a condition of his release.

On Thursday, June 6, officers from North Vancouver RCMP’s Strike Force Unit had been following Mr. Hurren when they allegedly watched him retrieve a bicycle from some bushes in Myrtle Park in Deep Cove. In an ironic twist, the bike was the other one stolen on May 27th.

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When we talk about targeting prolific offenders, this is what we mean. This is intelligence-led policing, said Sgt. Peter DeVries, spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP. Using information provided by our crime analysts is one way our Strike Force Unit quickly responds to emerging crime trends. We discovered that Deep Cove has been hit pretty hard with bike thefts in the last few weeks, and these arrests are a good example of how we use crime trend data to direct our resources in effective ways.

North Vancouver RCMP crime analysts provide important support services. They rely heavily on reports of crime that come in from the community, said DeVries. That’s why we always encourage people to contact us, no matter how small they may think the issue is. It could be the last puzzle piece that allows us to see the bigger picture.

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Sgt. Peter DeVries

Media Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP
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