Nanaimo police search nets tools, keys, suspects

NANAIMO – Police nab suspects and stolen goods in search of Cedar home.

Nanaimo Mounties nabbed two suspects and seized several thousand dollars worth of tools and equipment during a search of a home in Cedar Tuesday.

Members of Nanaimo RCMP’s GIS D Team raided the house on Cedar Heights Crescent at about 2:15 p.m. Investigators seized tools stolen from a construction work site on South Forks Road March 31 and computer equipment stolen during a break-in at a Serious Coffee outlet March 8. Police also found hundreds of keys, commonly referred to as “progressive keys” used by criminals to gain access to motor vehicles.

“They’re keys that have been filed down to soften the metal so they conform to the tumblers in the ignition locks, so it doesn’t do any damage to the car,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

Trevor Kenneth McCabe, 36, of Nanaimo and Ryan James Anderson, 39, of Victoria were held in custody and appeared in Nanaimo provincial court Wednesday. Both men were charged with two counts of possession of stolen property. Anderson is being held in custody until Tuesday (April 16). McCabe’s next court appearance has not yet been set.