Nanaimo RCMP have arrested a second man in connection with a Christmas Day break-in where gifts and stockings were stolen while the family slept in their home.
Police said 21-year-old Axel Wolfgang Lambert, from Nanaimo, was arrested Tuesday morning and held in custody overnight. The Nanaimo RCMP Street Crimes Unit also carried out a search warrant at Lambert’s resident.
Lambert has been formally charged with one count of break-and-enter and will appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court Wednesday to determine if he will remain in custody or not.
Twenty-year-old Justin Feusse, who was also wanted in connection with the theft, turned himself into police on Jan. 3, 2019. He is facing two counts of break-and-enter and theft. The first count is from a separate break-and-enter, which occurred in January of 2017. Feusse is still in police custody until his next court appearance on Jan. 10.
The Lanz family home was broken into around 3 a.m. on Christmas Day. The . The family of four, including boys aged 10 and 14, were asleep upstairs when the father Joseph Lanz said noises woke him up.
Lanz said he went downstairs to find that gifts that had been wrapped and placed under their Christmas tree and stockings hanging in the living room were gone.
He also found his fridge door open, cupboards ransacked and the front door open.
“How do I explain this to my boys?” Lanz said at the time.
“Sickening is how I would best describe it.”
Some of the more notable items taken include two iPhone Xs, Xbox games, clothing and gift cards.