Nanaimo RCMP said two people who were wanted for allegedly breaking into vehicles near the Duke Point ferry terminal were arrested on Saturday after they were tracked by an officer and his police dog.
Early Saturday morning, police were alerted to a reported theft from vehicles near the ferry terminal. An eyewitness provided a description of the suspect vehicle to police.
Police were able to locate the vehicle and Const. Grafton and Jager, a Nanaimo RCMP police dog, went to 12th Street in the south end of the city to help look for the suspect at around 1 a.m. on Saturday.
Grafton and Jager tracked from the vehicle, police said, and were able to find one of the suspects hiding in nearby bushes. Police said the suspect, 28-year-old Kevin Patrick Lackie, received a minor dog bite when he was arrested and he later received medical treatment.
According to police, Lackie was also in possession of a small quantity of crystal meth.
After the arrest, Grafton and Jager continued tracking and located the second suspect hiding underneath a parked vehicle. Jager pulled the suspect, 30-year-old Amie Jolene Kloss, out from under the vehicle. Kloss sustained several puncture wounds to her shoulder. She was arrested for possession of stolen property and received treatment for her wounds.
The Dodge pickup truck the two suspects were allegedly driving was stolen from Ladysmith on Nov. 17, police said.
Lackie faces seven charges, including theft of the motor vehicle, driving while disqualified, possession of drugs and various breach charges.
Kloss faces several breach charges and charges of taking an auto without consent.
Both appeared in Nanaimo Provincial Court on Nov. 27. Kloss was remanded until Dec. 18. Lackie was also remanded and is scheduled to make his next court appearance on Dec. 4 to deal with his outstanding warrants.