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Abbotsford Police nab suspected cat burglar

Abbotsford Police have caught a suspected cat burglar in connection with a series of robberies last week.

Clayton Brian Kopeck, 18, was arrested Friday and charged with the break-and-enter of three residences – on July 3, 4 and 5 – in which jewelry, cash and electronics were stolen.

Police had reported that a culprit was entering homes through sliding glass doors while the occupants were sleeping.

Const. Ian MacDonald said several individuals with a history of such crimes were identified in Abbotsford, and forensic evidence, such as fingerprinting, led them to the suspect. Kopeck was arrested in another Fraser Valley community, although MacDonald wouldn't say exactly where.

He said because of the public safety risk, the offences were given a high priority by the crime reduction unit.

Kopeck had previously been charged with theft in Abbotsford on June 6, 25 and 29 and was out on bail.

He is currently in custody, and is next scheduled to appear Wednesday in Abbotsford provincial court.

Meanwhile, MacDonald said residents should continue to be diligent in ensuring they have locks in place when windows or sliding doors are left partially open.

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