Nelson, B.C Jewelry store break & enter suspect arrested

The suspect allegedly involved in a break and enter in Nelson BC and a fatal crash outside of Hope, B.C. that claimed the life of a 35-year-old mother of four is in police custody.

Due to the scope of these events Nelson Police and RCMP are working jointly to provide updated information.

Police would like advise the public that the suspect, involved in the fatal collision that occurred on Highway 3 on September 11, 2017 in Hope and the Break and Enter to Ted Allen’s Jewelry earlier on the same date, has been identified as Anthony Creed Cortez.  The suspect is now in police custody on an unrelated matter.

Anthony Creed Cortez, 38, who was allegedly driving the SUV involved in the fatal collision. Police allege he then fled the scene in a stolen Ford F-150 truck.

Cortez was also wanted in connection with a Nelson smash-and-grab jewelry store robbery that happened earlier the same day.

Police said a man used a hammer to smash the front windows of a jewelry store, then smashed several glass display cases and stole some jewelry.

Although he has yet to be charged with either crime, he is charged  with a number of offences related to his arrest in Revelstoke BC nine days later on Sept. 20.

No further assistance from public is requested. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.  No further details are available at this time.

Original Nelson Police Department release Sept 13, 2017 

In the early morning hours of September 11, 2017 Ted Allen’s Jewelry was broken into by a male who was wearing a disguise to conceal his identity from police. The suspect used a hammer or similar tool to gain entry by brazenly smashing the front window of the business. The suspect then smashed several glass display cases and stole numerous items of jewelry in a short period of time.

The total value of items stolen and damage caused is estimated at $30,000. NPD has been working extensively in conjunction with other provincial police agencies to identify the suspect responsible for this matter. NPD will be updating as events progress and if the identity of the party responsible is confirmed.


Suspect from fatal B.C. crash wanted for jewelry heist in Nelson BC earlier that day