Police recover 30 stolen bicycles

NANAIMO – Zodiac, tent trailer, large industrial compressor among stolen items police recovered from search of home in south Nanaimo.

Charges are pending against a 29-year-old man after a police search of his home in the 600 block of Railway Avenue Wed nesday turned up stolen items.

Nanaimo RCMP’s Street Crimes Unit found more than 30 bicycles ranging from high-end mountain bikes to children’s bicycles. Electronics, computers and construction tools were also seized.

Some of the more notable items seized from the home included a Zodiac, tent trailer, a compressor weighing more than 360 kilograms, an industrial weed trimmer, lawn motors, industrial welders, a power washer, snowblower and four firearms, which were not stolen, but were confiscated because they were stored unsafely. Nearly 60 grams of heroin, cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, and marijuana were also found.

The suspect was arrested at the scene and released afterward on a promise to appear in Nanaimo provincial court Nov. 16. Police are recommending charges of possession of stolen property and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

“Investigators will need some time cataloguing the items, so we are asking the public to refrain from calling to inquire if any of the seized property is theirs,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “If the property was reported stolen and can be traced back to the owner, investigators will contact you.”