Photo by Dale Klippenstein

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Man, 22, charged after police catch him with items stolen in break-in

Residents’ home in Abbotsford ransacked while they slept

A 22-year-old Abbotsford man has been charged after he was caught by police with several items that had allegedly been stolen from a home.

Abbotsford Police Sgt. Judy Bird said police received a report at about 5:30 a.m. on Sunday that a break-in had occurred at a home on Ashley Way in central Abbotsford, just north of Bevan Avenue.

Bird said the residents of the home woke up to find that their house had ransacked overnight as they slept upstairs.

Wallets, bank cards, electronics and cellphones were among the items stolen.

Bird said that within five minutes of officers’ arrival at the scene, they tracked down a man who had in his possession all the property stolen from the break-in.

Ryan Michael Gillanders, 22, has been charged with break-and-enter, and possession of stolen property.

He has been released with conditions after appearing in court, and his next appearance is scheduled for March 30.

According to the provincial court database, Gillanders has several prior convictions for theft as well as for assault with a weapon, breaching his conditions, possession of stolen property and robbery.

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