The car came to investigators' attention early Nov. 4 when a member of the tony neighbourhood's Block Watch program reported a "suspicious" man peering into parked cars. The resident watched the man leave the area in a BMW 325X, and passed along the licence plate number to investigators. A check revealed the car had been reported stolen in Surrey.
West Vancouver police quickly locked down the area, setting up road checks on routes leading out of the Properties. The BMW soon appeared near the intersection of Ski Lift Road near Folkstone Way, where an officer was parked in wait. Apparently trying to avoid an encounter, the driver reportedly turned aside and crashed into a median.
A man and three women emerged from the immobilized car as the officer approached. The officer found a number of items inside which he believed to be stolen, including 10 rings. He arrested all four suspects at the scene.
Stephanie Joan McMillan, 22, from Surrey has been charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and with carrying a concealed weapon after she was allegedly found with a Taser disguised as a cellphone in her purse. No charges have been laid against the other three, but police say the investigation is still underway, and that more charges may be forthcoming.
Anyone who knows anything about the origin of the confiscated rings is asked to contact the WVPD at 604-925-7300.