Man, 26, gets 15-month jail sentence for backpack theft: Duncan police

Man, 26, gets 15-month jail sentence for backpack theft: Duncan police
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Mounties in Duncan say a 26-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 months in jail plus three years probation after he stole a backpack from a local school.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP says Rylan McLeod was convicted following the incident that happened around 2:45 p.m. March 8, when someone inside a Beech Avenue school saw him carrying a student’s backpack. Teachers followed McLeod out of the school, where a parent stopped him and got the bag back, according to police.

They say quick actions by the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Community Safety Unit led to McLeod’s arrest.

“North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP officer arrived on scene, obtained an image of the suspect, and from his experience working in the area was able to quickly locate him and take him into custody,” said Const. Julie Miller, RCMP media relations.

In a news release, police say they appreciate “the community keeping a watchful eye out, and reporting suspicious activity.”

McLeod has a lengthy criminal history on Vancouver Island, according to information on B.C. Court Services Online. Some of the charges dating back to 2017 include assault, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and driving while prohibited.

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