Man arrested in Parksville after van stolen in Buckley Bay

27-year-old of no fixed address to appear in Nanaimo Prov. Court.

The Oceanside RCMP are reporting they’ve solved a case of auto theft after they arrested a man in Parksville.

Cpl. Jesse Foreman said in a news release that RCMP arrested a 27-year-old man who is well known to police after he was found in a GMC van that had been reported stolen.

Comox Valley RCMP received a report that a white 1996 GMC Safari van had been stolen from the Buckley Bay Ferry Terminal on Sunday, July 30, said Foreman.

The van was later seen in Parksville, parked on Morison Avenue and was reported to police as suspicious “as a man was seen slumped over the steering wheel.”

Police found a 27-year-old man of no fixed address who is well known to police in the vehicle, and was arrested.

“The man is facing proposed charges including Theft of Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of a Controlled Substance,” said Foreman. “The man was also wanted on prior charges when arrested. The man will appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court later today (Monday, July 31).”

— Oceanside RCMP