Saanich Police arrest suspect after breaking into same store twice

Saanich Police arrest suspect after breaking into same store twice
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Saanich Police have arrested a suspect after officers caught the man breaking into a business for the second time in back-to-back days.

The second break-in happened on December 14, according to police, when a business was broken into in the 3600-block of Shelbourne Street at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Police officers, along with the Integrated Canine Service, attended and saw the front glass door had been smashed and the suspect was still inside the business.

The suspect eventually left the store and at that point, officers took him into custody without incident.

The same store had been broken into the day before and once the man was in custody, Saanich Police believed that the suspect was responsible for this break-in too.

According to police, officers were able to locate evidence on the suspect that confirmed he had been the person to break into the store on back-to-back days and therefore, recommend the man face two counts of Break and Enter.

“The owners of this business installed a CCTV system that alerted them with a live feed of the in-store cameras. This allowed our officers to respond to the scene as quickly as possible and were provided with timely information that ultimately resulted in this arrest,” reads a statement from Saanich Police Department.

The 18-year-old suspect was later released from police custody on conditions with a court date later in 2022.


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