An alert citizen and some good old-fashioned police work are being credited for the arrest of two possible suspects in a fatal hit and run in Burnaby.
Police have been trying to track down those involved in the death of 25-year-old Emily Sheane last Wednesday.
They’re now trying to figure out if they’ve found a break in the case.
Corporal Dan Moskaluk says a hotel employee reported two people covered in blood had checked in, and an officer remembered there had been a province-wide alert put out for two suspects wanted in a crash.
“And it’s important to note that the sharing of provincial-wide police information certainly assisted in this case.”
Moskaluk says it appears the pair were involved in a second crash before arriving in Creston, which police are currently investigating.
The pair were arrested on an outstanding warrant in an entirely different case, and remain in custody.
Suspicious check in
Brent Powell, who owns Creston’s Skimmerhorn Inn says the man and woman checked in about 1:30 am on Sunday.
“The gentleman had blood all running down the side of his face, and she was covered in mud from head to toe. And he had mud all over him too. And they said they had been in an accident and so (the front desk worker) says ‘Well you guys should get to the hospital.’ And the gentleman says ‘No, we’ve already been checked out by an ambulance.'”
Powell says the pair didn’t have any ID, and said they lived in Surrey but gave a Burnaby postal code.
That was suspicious enough for Powell to call police in the morning.
He says after police interviewed them, the couple left their belongings behind and jumped into a cab, but authorities were able to track them down.
He says he’s grateful his tip led to their arrests, and he hopes it will bring some closure to the Sheane family.
Emily Sheane was killed on March 9th while driving home from work.
Her vehicle was hit by the suspects, who allegedly ran a red light and slammed into Sheane’s vehicle at the intersection of Willingdon Avenue and Deer Lake Parkway.
The suspects were seen fleeing the scene of the accident, and witnesses later gave a description of the female suspect and the suspect vehicle.
A public memorial service is being held on Sunday, March 20 from noon to four pm at the Firefighters Public House in Burnaby.
With files from Shelby Thom
Updated 5:42 with RCMP Correction