Tip leads to three arrests after thefts

A tip from an alert Chemainus resident helped the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP nab some suspects on June 8.

A tip from an alert Chemainus resident helped the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP nab some suspects on June 8.

At approximately 4 a.m. that day, a resident spotted a vehicle sitting at the roadside with a lone man inside, while a woman walked up and down the road looking into driveways. The unusual behaviour caught the resident’s attention, and when another man was seen with the first two individuals loading items from the driveways into their car, the police were tipped off, leading to arrests.

A 20-year-old Chemainus woman and a 32-year-old Cobble Hill man were released and will appear in court at a later date.

A 31-year-old designated prolific offender was released under several conditions. The three are accused of multiple counts of breaking and entering and committing an indictable offence, as well as possession of property obtained by crime, and will stand before a provincial court judge.

“We like to think that the rules are simple and that they apply to everyone: keep your hands to yourself and don’t take other people’s stuff,” RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Krista Hobday said.