A 40-year-old man with no fixed address has been detained by police following a break-in that occurred in the overnight hours between May 15 and May 16.
The incident took place near a retail store in the 2600-block of Beverly Street in North Cowichan. Staff there reported to the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP that a large semi-trailer unit had been broken into and “multiple boxes of merchandise were stolen,” according to detachment spokesperson Staff Sgt. Chris Swain.
Swain said surveillance video showed the suspects using grocery carts to haul the loot from the trailer before they left the scene.
During their extensive patrols of the area, including a wooded spot nearby, officers found a male suspect attempting to leave the area with a grocery cart full of the items from the trailer.
The suspect was arrested.
“He is also facing charges in relation to a small amount of drugs that were seized from him, and tools found on his person that he used to break in to the location,” Swain noted, adding that the alleged thief was found to have an extensive property crime record.
“North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP continue to ensure that these types of crimes are investigated to their fullest and that prolific property offenders are held accountable for their actions,” Swain said.