A man and two women have been arrested after Surrey and Vancouver police busted a “fencing operation” involving stolen goods.
VPD Insp. Earl Anderson alleges the trio bought good stolen from big-box stores from professional thieves and organized crime groups.
He says a convenience store on King George Boulevard in Surrey was actually a front for the operation.
“This business was operating as predatory fence, meaning that they bought and ordered stolen property from drug-addicted individuals trying to support their habit, paying them a very small fraction of the actual retail value.”
The goods were then re-sold to flea markets and places overseas.
Large retail stores say this type of crime is a real problem and losses are passed on to the consumer.