Men aged 73 and 30 charged with numerous crimes

A 73-year-old Aldergrove man has been charged with several property crimes, as well as assaulting a police officer.

After a lengthy investigation, charges have been laid against two Langley men, aged 73 and 30, believed to be responsible for a number of property crimes, including stealing a brand new truck during a test drive, and stealing a bulldozer and trailer.

The events date back into the early part of 2011 when the younger of the two offered to do some engine work on a truck for a friend, said Cpl. Holly Marks.

The vehicle was delivered, however in July of 2011, the ‘mechanic’ told his friend it had been stolen and subsequently reported the theft to police.

Fast forward to March 2012. Police allege the senior attended a local dealership and test drove a new 2012 Dodge pickup.  A short time later, he reported to police that he has been carjacked and the truck has been stolen.

Later that month, Langley RCMP received a report of a new Dodge truck parked in the trees on the property where the two men live.  Unfortunately, the truck was gone when the member attended.

Also in March, Langley RCMP received a report that a Caterpillar loader and a Komatsu bulldozer had been stolen from a construction site.

As Langley RCMP Street Enforcement Unit continued their investigation, they applied for and were granted a search warrant for the property occupied by both of the accused in the 6600 block of 256 Street.  During the search, both the loader and bulldozer were recovered, as well as the truck the ‘mechanic’ had reported stolen and keys for the new Dodge pickup that had allegedly been carjacked.  Additionally, a large utility trailer was located on the property and determined to have been stolen. It was returned to the owner.

The Dodge pickup truck was recovered at a residence of a relative to the older man. The vehicle was returned to the dealership.

Additionally, when police arrived on the property and announced they would be executing the search warrant, the elderly man allegedly punched one of the officers in the face.

Roeloff Dendyver, 73, is charged with public mischief, assaulting a peace officer and possession of stolen property.

Derek Hall, 30, is charged with theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of possession of stolen property and public mischief.

The two are also jointly charged with theft of a motor vehicle, and two counts of possession of stolen property. They will next appear in Surrey Provincial Court on Oct. 29.

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