West Shore RCMP has arrested two suspects after a series of break and enters were reported to police over the span of just over a month.
The break and enters occurred between August 30 and October 14 and all occurred within walking distance from each other in Langford, according to police.
RCMP say that suspects targeted vehicles and storage lockers in both secure and open-air parkades.
Over the span, at least seven break-ins were reported to police and victims said numerous items had been stolen, while also reporting damage to personal vehicles and apartment buildings themselves.
As part of an investigation, West Shore RCMP managed to secure “good quality surveillance videos” from a number of the residences which captured predominately one suspect, who police were able to identify.
The Vancouver Island RCMP’s Forensic Identification Section assisted with the investigation in collecting and analyzing evidence which led to the identity of the suspects, a 23 year-old man of View Royal and a 32 year-old man of Langford.
Earlier this month, after identifying the two suspects, the West Shore RCMP Crime Reduction Unit began investigating the identified suspect for a number of these offences.
Police say that while officers were conducting surveillance at a residence on Fairway Ave in Langford on October 6, the West Shore RCMP Crime Reduction Unit witnessed an incident in which occupants of a vehicle pepper sprayed one of the guests while driving past the address.
The Crime Reduction Unit was able to track down the vehicle and conduct a traffic stop in which the occupants, both suspects, were arrested.
On October 15, 2021 the West Shore RCMP Crime Reduction Unit executed a search warrant at one of the suspect’s residence and recovered stolen property from several of the break and enters as well as ammunition, crossbows and a small amount of methamphetamine, says Cst. Alex Bérubé, spokesperson for the West Shore RCMP.
This is an example of how one of several suspects are responsible for many crimes, resulting in an increase in property crime for one or more specific areas.
The investigation remains ongoing. If you have any information, please contact the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264.