Twelve charges were approved against Gordon Vincent Gladstone in March and on Aug. 30, he pled guilty to nine of them.
Over a three-month period between September 2018 and January of this year, police say Gladstone targeted small businesses that were closed for the night. After 11 break-and-enters, he was caught in the middle of a 12th burglary by Mounties.
"If youve had a break-in to your home or business you know how upsetting it is," said Sgt. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP in a news release.
"When we take a victims report we see how emotional it is. It creates fear and anger, and it really hurts their sense of security. Its really unfair. Thats one of the reasons we feel so motivated to identify and capture the people who do these kinds of crimes so that we can stop them from hurting people in our community."
"Make sure theres good lighting around your home at night, dont store large amounts of cash at home, and keep especially valuable jewellery in a lock box at the bank. If thats not possible, and you store them in a safe at home, find an unusual hiding place. In other words, not the bedroom closet," DeVries said.
Other tips include doing a security check on your home to see if there are any possible entry points, installing good locks and not leaving tell-tale signs that youre out of town.
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A Burnaby man has admitted to pulling off a string of burglaries around the Lower Mainland late last year.
Gordon Vincent Gladstone, 43, was charged in March with 12 break-ins in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Surrey and Delta between September 2018 and January 2019.
He had targeted small businesses that were closed for the night, according to North Vancouver RCMP, who recommended the charges after following a trail of evidence that led to the serial burglar.
Cooperation and information sharing between RCMP and municipal agencies like Vancouver Police and Delta Police were important in the case, according to North Van RCMP Sgt. Peter DeVries.
Weve known for a long time that we have to work together to solve inter-jurisdictional crime. This shows we are, said DeVries in a March press release after the charges against Gladstone were approved.
He is being held in custody until a sentencing hearing Jan. 22, when prosecutors will likely apply to have the remaining charges stayed.