Five suspects were arrested following a break and enter at a home in central Nanaimo early Tuesday.
Mounties were called to a residence on Hallen Avenue when a neighbour spotted two people loading furniture into a moving van at about 2:45 a.m.
Police arrived to find evidence of a break and enter, items missing and the van gone. Investigators searched the area and found a van matching a description of the suspect vehicle a short time later in an alley off of Bowen Road with three suspects inside and property alleged stolen from the Hallen Avenue home.
The investigation lead to searches of a hotel room and a residence in central Nanaimo, which turned up thousands of dollars worth of suspected stolen property at both locations, which included boxes, tools, bags and paintings that were linked to several break and enters reported to the RCMP in December.
A total of five suspects were arrested. Two were held in custody to appear in Nanaimo provincial court Monday (Jan. 4). Two other suspects will appear in court at a later date and one suspect was released without charges.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-847, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or submit tips online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.