Suspect arrested in B&E spree

A Quadra Island man is facing charges in connection with a rash of break-and-enters in the Cowichan Valley.

A Quadra Island man is facing charges in connection with a rash of break-and-enters in the Cowichan Valley.

Lyle Dolha, 44, is facing 12 counts under the Criminal Code in relation to eight break-and-enters over a 10-day span last month, including charges of breaking and entering, mischief under $5,000, and resisting arrest.

Dolha was nabbed on April 15 when North Cowichan/Duncan officers, just beginning their day shift around 6 a.m., responded to an alarm at an area business. They spotted the alleged culprit, who made a break for it.

“The chase was on, with property falling from Mr. Dolha’s grip, leaving a trail throughout the all-but-deserted streets,” Cpl. Krista Hobday reported. “He was eventually taken into custody and brought before a justice.”

Dolha was remanded into custody, and will make his first appearance before a Provincial Court judge on May 3.

“We always encourage business owners or witnesses to report break and enters and suspicious occurrences to police,” Hobday said. “They may appear minor in nature or nothing may be missing, but the evidence collected may be useful in aiding other related investigations leading to the identification of suspects or charges.”