A false wall in the garage of a Coquitlam home was not enough to help one man evade arrest after being pursued by the Uniform Gang Enforcement Team (UGET) last week.
The incident began in Surrey on April 14, when officers conducting enforcement patrols spotted a vehicle on 150th Street and 20th Avenue that had been reported stolen. With the help of the RCMP’s Air One helicopter, police followed the suspect to Coquitlam, where the driver dumped the car on Quadling Avenue.
According to the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit Sgt. Brenda Winpenny, police chased the man on foot to a garage associated to a home on King Street, where he was arrested.
“While officers were dealing with this man, they came across another man hiding in a false wall built into the garage,” CFSEU said in a statement. “After taking this second man into custody, UGET officers also located several air soft guns, a homemade police-style duty belt, gun holsters, and a tactical vest in the false wall cavity.”
According to the press release, Bolt Trainor, 35, of no fixed address was the man found in the wall and he was arrested on outstanding warrants for unrelated driving offences.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and they have yet to lay charges in relation to the stolen vehicle.
“Yet again, a UGET initiated investigation achieved success as a result of a cooperative and coordinated response between units of several LMD jurisdictions, the integrated police dog services team and RCMP Air services,’ said Sgt. Brenda Winpenny. “Our UGET officers have a tremendous ability to detect criminal activity and they, along with all of the CFSEU-BC, are committed to ensuring our communities remain safe during this pandemic."