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More most-wanted arrests

The region’s integrated auto crime team is more than halfway to its goal of arresting the 10 most-wanted alleged car thieves in B.C.

One of those now in custody was wanted by police in Surrey.

Deanna Stephanie Austin, 38, walked in to the Richmond RCMP detachment last week and surrendered. Austin, who was No. 2 on the most-wanted list, had outstanding warrants in Surrey and Richmond for possession of stolen property and drugs.

She’s not the most recent arrest. That honour goes to Bailey Daines, 48, who was nabbed in Castlegar on Tuesday for allegedly driving while impaired.

Daines was wanted by Langley RCMP.

The Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) released its top-10 list two weeks ago when it announced that April is Auto Crime Enforcement Month, setting a goal of arresting all 10 before month’s end.

With the latest arrests, police now have six of the 10 in custody.

The list of those still on the lam includes 19-year-old Reuben Edward Weiner, who’s wanted in this city for breaching his probation.

Weiner has a long history of vehicle theft.

Police are also looking for Jason Daniel Marshall, 37, Darlene Marie Pearl Landry, 27, and Brent Joseph Smith, 37.

Marshall, who tops this year’s most-wanted list, has a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest; Pearl is sought by Victoria Police; and Smith is wanted by Kelowna RCMP.

The month-long enforcement effort started quickly, with police making four arrests in nine days.

Carl Travis Soderstrom, 19, was arrested in Edmonton on auto theft charges there and was in custody when the top-10 list was announced.

Geraldo Balmana Adano, 37, was caught in a stolen car by New Westminster Police April 8.

Later the same day, New West Police acted on a tip and located 22-year-old Ashley Elizabeth Graham at a home in Port Coquitlam.

The following day, New West Police got a tip that Allen Robert Miller was living in Burnaby.

Officers followed the 34-year-old to a restaurant and took him into custody without incident.

“We’ve got six out of the 10 and just over two weeks left,” said IMPACT spokesperson Sgt. Gord Elias. “We’re halfway (through April) and we’re just over halfway in our top 10.

“But it gets tougher when (the numbers) get down, because there’s a couple that’s pretty good about going into hiding, especially when they see their faces on the front page of the paper.”

dweir@surreyleader.com

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