Two ‘cat burglary’ suspects charged in Abbotsford

Connected to incident that occurred in November, as police continue to investigate series of September burglaries.

Charges have been laid against two people in relation to a “cat burglary” that took place in Abbotsford in November.

Beau Burgessihota, 20, and a young offender, who cannot be named due to provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, were arrested and charged after police executed two search warrants on Nov. 5 and 6.

Abbotsford Police Const. Paul Walker said the search warrants turned up property that had been stolen from a recent cat burglary.

Burgessihota has been charged with break and enter, possession of stolen property, motor vehicle theft, and breaching his bail conditions.

The youth was charged with break and enter.

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate three home break-ins that took place in September when the suspect(s) entered the homes while the occupants were inside.

In a fourth incident that month, the culprits were inside when the homeowner returned from work late at night.

The break-ins took place at homes on Eagle Mountain Drive, Mila Street, East Bourquin Crescent and Sidoni Avenue.

Among the items stolen were tools, cash, ID, electronics, a wallet and car keys. In one case, a Kia Sportage was stolen from one of the properties and was located a short distance away.

According to the provincial court database, Burgessihota is also facing three counts of uttering threats from June 2013 and another breach charge from July.

In June 2011, he was convicted of theft and sentenced to 14 days in jail and one year of probation.

He is next slated to appear in Abbotsford provincial court on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the cat burglaries is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.