Nanaimo police catch suspect with stolen goods

NANAIMO – Police catch break-in suspect with tools of trade and stolen items.

A 43-year-old Nanaimo man was arrested recently when police caught him with break-in tools and stolen property.

The arrest happened March 8 when a homeowner on Hammond Bay Road noticed someone acting suspiciously near his home, located close to Piper’s Pub, at about 2:15 a.m. and called police.

Mounties arrived with police dog Boomer who tracked down the suspect, still in possession of break and enter tools plus numerous items, including a digital camera system, mobile power pack, hydraulic jack, gas cans, cellphones, sunglasses and assorted garden tools, police believe were stolen from homes in the area.

The suspect was released from police custody and will appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court on April 8.

Nanaimo RCMP are asking residents in the Hammond Bay area to check their outdoor sheds or garages to see if they have had items stolen.

Anyone missing items who has serial numbers or can identify their property please contact Const. Anitra Berry of the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.