Port Alberni RCMP are searching for a suspect in connection with several reported thefts from vehicles and property over the past week.
Break-ins have been reported near Gertrude Street and Compton Road as well as Kitsuksis Road.
Police say some of the properties are rural and secluded but accessible from the railroad tracks.
On Monday at 6:24 a.m., officers received reports that a suspicious male dressed in black and carrying a backpack had been seen trying door handles of vehicles.
The area was searched but the man was not found, but while investigating and conducting foot patrols, officers located several of the stolen items and they were returned to their rightful owners.
“We encourage everyone to be a part of the solution by always securing their vehicles and home, keeping belongings out of sight, as well as being observant to what is going on around them,’ said Cpl. Amelia Hayden.
Anyone with information on any of these crimes or the identity of those responsible, is asked to call Cst. Lee or Cst. Fawcett of the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).