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Police recover new Vancouver couple’s stolen belongings

Scott Brown, Postmedia Network

Nathan and Sabrina Drover at their Vancouver home Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Jason Payne/ PNG)

Nathan and Sabrina Drover at their Vancouver home Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Jason Payne/ PNG)

A young couple who lost all their belongings when their U-Haul truck was stolen earlier this month in Abbotsford were reunited with their property this weekend after police recovered them and made an arrest in Surrey.

Sabrina and Nathan Drover were in the process of moving from New Brunswick to Vancouver when their rented truck was stolen on Sept. 12 from the park-and-ride lot at Lonzo Road and Sumas Way.

The van, a white Ford E450 U-Haul cube van, was found empty the following day in Surrey.


Abbotsford police say an individual and residence were on their radar for driving offences and as a potential location of stolen property respectively.

On Thursday, the Lower Mainland District Integrated Road Safety Unit arrested Michael Urbaniuk, 39, in a stolen vehicle at a residence in the 17300-block of 4th Avenue in Surrey.

During a search of the property on Friday, police recovered 12 stolen vehicles as well as the contents of two stolen U-Haul trucks.

Included in the recovery were the Drovers’ belongings.

Some of the missing items included a cake topper saved from the couple’s 2015 wedding, cherished sheet music with Sabrina’s notes, an Ibanez bass guitar Nathan has had since junior high, inherited household furnishings, mementoes from a missions trip to Chile, clothing, kitchen appliances, books, electronics, a handmade quilt, handmade dish towels from Sabrina’s recently passed aunt and a toolbox handmade by Nathan’s dad.

“We sincerely hope for nothing but happiness for Sabrina and Nathan as they properly settle in and become part of our Lower Mainland community,” said Const. Ian MacDonald, spokesman for the Abbotsford Police Department.

MacDonald said the officers who recovered the property rented their own truck, loaded it with the Drovers’ belongings and delivered it to the couple’s Dunbar apartment on Friday afternoon.

“It was not only the public that was touched by their story but also the police, too,” MacDonald said.

Urbaniuk, who was wanted on outstanding warrants, was charged with driving while prohibited and possession of stolen property.

— With files from Stephanie Ip