Charges laid in Maple Ridge break-ins

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Ridge Meadows RCMP have arrested 40 year old Maple Ridge resident, Dennis Albert Rayner, in connection with a series of business break-and-enters.

Police allege Rayner illegally gained entry to four businesses, and damaged another one, in the downtown core of Maple Ridge between Sept. 23rd and Oct. 2nd.

He was arrested on Monday, Oct. 17th "after sufficient evidence was uncovered," police said.

“This is a significant arrest in relation to a series of business break ins that have recently occurred in the Maple Ridge downtown area," said Ridge Meadows RCMP Cpl. Brenda Winpenny.

"Although Ridge Meadows RCMP cannot say that this suspect has committed all of the current break ins, the investigations are moving forward and Mr. Rayner will remain as a suspect in the unsolved incidents."

The investigation has been led by Const. Long, "who is a newer member of the force on general duty at Ridge Meadows RCMP," Winpenny noted. "Const.. Long has done a great job in progressing these crimes to get to this stage."

Mr Rayner is currently before the courts on four counts of Break and Enter with intent to commit an indictable offence, and one count of mischief.

After his arrest on Monday, Rayner was held in custody, before making his first appearance in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court on Thursday, Oct. 20.

The investigation is continuing.

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