The search of a break-and-enter suspect’s house netted Nanaimo RCMP a high-end mountain bike, distilling machine, and electrical equipment used in the pulp industry.
The items were among dozens of stolen items recovered from a house in the 600 block of Rosehill Street during a search last Friday. Police also collected several break-in instruments, such as lock picks, slim jims and glass cutters, as well as laptops stolen from Aspengrove School, projectors and other electronics suspected of being from various break-ins from Nanaimo, Parksville and Ladysmith. The total worth of recovered items is estimated by police at $47,000.
The investigation by the Street Crimes Unit began in late July when Aspengrove School was broken into. The unit continued its investigation after identifying a suspect in early August.
Numerous property-related charges were laid against Timothy Unrau, 43, and Sarah Le Page, 45, both from Nanaimo. Le Page is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Nanaimo today (Aug. 12) while Unrau will appear Aug. 25.
Nanaimo RCMP said it’s important for the victims of property crime to report it to the local detachment so that officers can quickly identify stolen items and press charges against suspects. Police also recommend recording serial numbers or other marks to make identification easier.
Investigators from Nanaimo RCMP continue to work with investigators from Ladysmith and Oceanside detachments in the hopes of identifying the owners of the recovered property.