Man charged after $25,000 in transit passes stolen
A Burnaby man has been charged in connection to the theft of monthly bus fare passes worth more than $25,000
Transit Police are advising the public to stick to buying their monthly passes only from authorized dealers after a Burnaby man was charged in connection to the theft of $25,000 of fare cards taken from local businesses.
George Edward McFadyen was arrested last week following seven robberies between August and November at stores selling the passes.
Transit Police allege the 44-year-old would distract employees before reaching over a store counter to snatch the passes and then bolt from the premises.
He would then sell the passes to riders, according to Transit Police spokeswoman Anne Drennan.
“If you’re using a pass you have obtained through other than a legal source or a legitimate source, then you are liable to a $173 fine and, potentially, criminal charges,” she added.
McFadyen, apprehended last week by the Transit Police crime reduction unit, has been released on condition that he cannot possess more than one pass at a time. He is also not allowed at any 7-Eleven, Safeway or Shopper’s Drug Mart stores.
He is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 4 for a single charge of theft over $5,000.