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Burnaby RCMP arrest two men for appliance thefts

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Two men were arrested Wednesday after Burnaby RCMP caught them red-handed stealing appliances from a transport truck in what appears to be an inside job.

Burnaby RCMP say they received a tip from Prince George RCMP that more than $14,000 in merchandise had been stolen from shipments that had originated in Burnaby and there was a good chance another theft was about to occur.

The property was owned by a retail furniture chain. On June 20, the truck was in transit from Burnaby to Prince George when it stopped in Langley, all while under surveillance by  Burnaby RCMP's Prolific Offender Suppression Team.

The officers watched thieves remove several large boxes containing washing machines from the semi-trailer, then arrested them without incident. One of the suspects arrested was the driver of the transport truck.

Charged with theft are Zdravko Slipac, 31, of Burnaby and Marinko Slipac, 29, of Langley. Both were scheduled to appear in Surrey Provincial Court on June 21.

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