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Man awaits court date after Parksville break-ins

A 43-year-old Parksville man is in police custody awaiting his first appearance in Nanaimo Provincial Court after a string of break and entry reports, according to an RCMP news release issued Friday.

The release said on Thursday at approximately 2.30 p.m., a homeowner returned to her residence on the 200 block of Pym Street to find her front door smashed in and the house ransacked.

The release said police patrolled the area and at approximately 3.15 p.m. located the suspect walking along Highway 19A near Moilliet Street.

"The man, who had recently been placed on recognizance conditions by the Oceanside RCMP, was found to be in breach of those conditions," said the release. "The man was arrested, and a search incidental to arrest revealed that the man was in possession of property that was stolen from the Pym Street residence."

The release said two further reports of residential break and entry were reported shortly thereafter in the nearby vicinity and RCMP "believe that the same man is responsible for all three incidents."

Police say a thorough investigation is being conducted, while the suspect remains in custody awaiting his first appearance in Nanaimo Provincial Court.

— NEWS Staff

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