VANCOUVER, B.C. — World War II Veteran Jack Miles has some of his property back, thanks to the work of the Coquitlam RCMP.
We reported back in May the 98-year-old was the victim of a break-and-enter. Among the list of things stolen from his home were five honour and service medals. Unfortunately, those were not recovered, but his watch, cuff links and some other personal items were returned to him.
“Mr. Miles was pretty happy that we found some of his property,” said Cpl. Scott Grimmer of the Coquitlam RCMP, in a statement.
The RCMP were investigating 23-year-old Jaylene Hawkins from Surrey, after forensic evidence from a stolen van led them to her. On June 14, officers searched a residence in Surrey associated with Hawkins and recovered Miles’ possessions, along with mail and other items believed to be stolen.
“We were mainly looking for some specific stolen items, as well as stolen mail from an apartment building in Coquitlam. We then came across Mr. Jack Miles’ watches, cuff links and other personal items,” said Grimmer.
Hawkins was arrested and is facing charges of theft of mail, mischief, unauthorized use of credit card data, possession of stolen property and breach of a condition.
“We are working with Surrey RCMP as well as other policing agencies in the surrounding area to follow up with the evidence that we seized, and are considering additional criminal charges for Ms. Hawkins,” said Staff Sgt. Paul Willms.
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