A prolific break and enter suspect responsible for a property crime wave in Saanich is behind bars.
Saanich Police say investigative work led them to Nanaimo, where they arrested Lance Wilbert Henry last month.
The break ins began in December.
All focused in the Shelbourne Corridor in the University Heights area of Saanich.
Saanich Sgt. Jereme Leslie says by the time the crime spree ended in March, the thief hit 45 homes.
“The person that was arrested regarding these residential break and enters is Lance Henry.
Currently he’s been arrested for two counts of residential break and enters, along with two counts of possession of stolen property.”
With a criminal history going back to 1997, Henry moved to the island from Vancouver.
Shortly after, he started breaking into residences by targetting ground floor patio doors.
News of his arrest comes as a relief to local residents including Ken Brach.
It’s about time they caught the person.
But obviously they were very vigilant and they were able to catch him.
So, all the neighbourhood will be happy.”
Police won’t say how they finally identified Henry as the suspect.
His Twitter account reveals he followed numerous police departments.
But, ironically, not the Saanich Police.
“We are expecting, as our investigators continue to comb through a mountain of information and evidence that more charges will be forwarded to crown counsel.”
Henry is expected back in court later this month.