Thieves caught

Police praise resident whose sharp eyes and quick wits saved the day

The importance of keeping an eye out for trouble and the people who cause it was hammered home this week when a Nanoose Bay resident was able to save not only her own property, but also that of several others in the area.

Corporal Jesse Foreman reported the Beachcomber subdivision resident woke up at 3:30 a.m. on June 3 to see her vehicle’s interior light on in the driveway.

“Her husband went to go inspect and found that the vehicle had been opened and items had been stolen,” Foreman said. “The resident then spotted a suspicious vehicle in the area and came to realize it was associated to thieves who were targeting open vehicles and stealing contents from within.”

Police raced to the scene and were able to contain the vehicle and arrest a male and female suspect. The male suspect was a 17-year-old youth from Surrey and his accomplice was a 16-year-old female, also from Surrey.

Investigation revealed the suspects had entered several unlocked vehicles and stole items including golf clubs, sunglasses and a laptop computer. There were three current warrants for the male suspect’s arrest from files in Surrey.

The female was released on a promise to appear in Youth Justice Court. The male was held for court and faces several new charges. Police are not releasing  the names of the suspects, in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

 

“This file highlights the importance of being a watchful neighbour and reminds us all to report suspicious behaviour,” Foreman said. “Of note, no locked vehicles were targeted in this instance. I realize I am starting to sound like a skipping CD, but please remove the valuables from your vehicle and lock it up.”