Police release images of Abbotsford break-in suspect

Almost 40 home break-and-enters have taken place in the Townline Hill and Blueridge areas since last November

A suspect in a break-in at a home on Clinton Avenue is caught on the home's video surveillance camera.

A suspect in a break-in at a home on Clinton Avenue is caught on the home's video surveillance camera.

The Abbotsford Police Department (APD) is hoping the release of video images from a recent home break-in helps capture a suspect in a string of the crimes in west Abbotsford.

Const. Paul Walker said the photos, released this week, are from video footage of a break-and-enter on April 29 at a home in the 32000 block of Clinton Avenue.

The break-in took place between 8:30 and 9:15 p.m., and the thief got away with cash, gold and jewelry.

Walker said the man is a suspect in a rash of such incidents since last November.

He said there could possibly be several people involved in the thefts that have taken place in the Townline Hill and Blueridge Drive areas.

The latest figures indicate there have been 37 home break-ins in those areas from Nov. 5 to June 9.

The suspects have targeted mainly jewelry, cash and laptop computers. In one case, they made off with $50,000 in jewelry, electronics and foreign currency.

They have mainly entered the homes by prying open locked windows at a time when the residences are unoccupied.

Police believed the culprits have been observing the routines of residents in the area before targeting specific homes.

Walker said police have been working diligently to try to capture the thieves and have had some good tips from the public, but so far have not been able to identify the culprits.

Meanwhile, the APD has stepped up patrols in the area and is encouraging residents to report any suspicious activity they observe, including foot and vehicle traffic.

Anyone with information is asked to call the APD at 604-859-5225 or text abbypd (222973).