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Search warrant leads to several Chilliwack property crime charges

Thieves captured on video break into the yard at Kitt Equipment Trailer Sales in Greendale on May 14, 2016.  - Kitt Equipment Trailer Sales YouTube
Thieves captured on video break into the yard at Kitt Equipment Trailer Sales in Greendale on May 14, 2016.
— image credit: Kitt Equipment Trailer Sales YouTube

A Chilliwack man well-known to police is behind bars facing seven charges in connection with property crime around the city in recent months.

“Cellphones, wallets, laptop computers, vehicle insurance papers, licence plates, and ammunition were seized by officers during the execution of the search warrant,” said Cpl. Adam Tallboy from Chilliwack RCMP CRU.

That search warrant was executed on Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. at a home in the 4300-block of Estate Drive in the Chilliwack River Valley.

Kristopher Benson, 38, faces seven charges in connection with the stolen property.

The raid and arrest stem from a Chilliwack RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) investigation initiated after police received a call on Oct. 17 to report the theft of a construction trailer and snow-plough attachment from a compound in the 45000-block of Petawawa Road.

Chilliwack CRU plainclothes investigators supported by Hope RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) and ICBC investigators eventually linked a suspect and an associated residence to the alleged theft.

Benson faces four charges of possession of stolen property, one charge of possession of ammunition while prohibited to do so, and two charges of trafficking stolen property.

He is next due in court Dec. 5.

Benson has a lengthy criminal record dating back many years. On Dec. 5, he also faces one count of break-and-enter stemming from a May 14 incident. It was on that same day when a trailer was stolen from Kitt Equipment Trailer Sales in Greendale.

On May 27, the company posted a security video of two men working with a grinder to break open a gate on a fence at the property. Clear images are seen of the two men who eventually get the gate open and then, in broad daylight, struggle to get the dropleg up on the trailer. They can't do it and eventually drive off anyway.

In June, on the company's YouTube channel they posted a note that the trailer was recovered and the driver was arrested due in part to the number of tips received.

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