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Suspected burglar foiled by telltale ladder

An alert jogger, who put two and two together when he noticed a ladder under his neighbour's window, is being credited with catching a thief who police say may be responsible for several break and enters throughout the Lower Mainland.

An alert jogger, who put two and two together when he noticed a ladder under his neighbour's window, is being credited with catching a thief who police say may be responsible for several break and enters throughout the Lower Mainland.

Police said a West Vancouver man was out for a run in the 6600-block of Marine Drive around 5 p.m. Tuesday, when he noticed a ladder under his neighbour's window.

The man also noted a suspicious vehicle parked nearby and reported the licence plate number and relevant information to the West Vancouver police. __

Officers arrived a short time later and confirmed a break and enter had occurred at the home.

They tracked down the vehicle, a 2001 Nissan Maxima, and after a brief investigation arrested the man inside.

Police believe property they recovered in the bust is linked to crimes in other areas of the Lower Mainland.

Paul Smith, 36, of North Vancouver, has been charges with break and enter and breach of recognizance.

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