Chilliwack prolific offender once commended for bravery

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A Chilliwack prolific offender, who was once commended by city council for bravery, faces a raft of property crime and identity theft charges.

Jeffrey Michael Kizmann has two trials and one preliminary inquiry scheduled in the fall.

The 32-year-old career criminal goes to trial Nov. 14 for, among other charges, possession of stolen property and identity theft.

His co-accused for those charges is Robert James Rabang.

Kizmann also has a Dec. 3 trial scheduled to face possession/use of stolen credit cards and fraud, and he’s set for a Nov. 18 preliminary inquiry to address 15 charges including mail theft, possession of stolen property, mischief and unauthorized use of credit card data.

“Having personally dealt with some of the victims in this investigation, it is evident that this type of crime significantly affects them,” said Cpl. Brock Rayworth of the Chilliwack RCMP Property Crime Section. “Many of the victims have had to work with their financial institutions and have gone to great lengths to ensure their credit ratings are not destroyed. Our efforts have been, and will continue to be focused on the offenders that are causing the most impact on the community.”

Before his arrest, Kizmann had been the target of ongoing mail theft investigations. While identity theft can be attributed to break and enters and theft from vehicles, the vast majority is the result of mail theft, according to police.

The victims in the crimes Kizmann is accused of were from Chilliwack, surrounding municipalities and as far away as Alberta.

Kizmann was also arrested last September at a Fletcher Street apartment after Mounties seized crack cocaine, heroin and drug trafficking paraphernalia while executing a search warrant.

Just as soon as Kizmann was old enough to be charged criminally, he was, according to Court Services online records.

Barely 18 years old, in connection with an arrest on March 19, 2000, Kizmann was sentenced to a month in jail for possession of stolen property.

Interestingly, Kizmann was in attendance along with Clayton Eheler at a Chilliwack city council meeting 13 years ago in 2001 to be formally recognized “for their selfless acts of bravery” in connection with a fire on Princess Avenue.

Eheler himself is a prolific offender identified in court records last year as an associate of the notorious Bacon brothers of Abbotsford.

Eheler was most recently sentenced to 60 days in jail for criminal harassment and uttering threats.

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