Rash of break-ins in Metchosin

Numerous incidents Monday night have police reminding the public to keep doors locked

RCMP are reminding people to lock their doors, as well as their sheds and cars after a rash of break-ins in Metchosin this week.

Police say Monday night saw numerous incidents of break and enter and theft in the area of La Bonne Road and Jelinek Place where property owners found unlocked sheds and vehicles ransacked and a number of electronic devices stolen.

In one case, a homeowner awoke to find someone in the hallway of his suite and proceeded to chase the suspect away. During the chase, he claims the suspect fired “a pellet or air soft gun at him.”

Saanich Police Dog Service attended in an attempt to track the suspect(s), but were unsuccessful in doing so, and Island District RCMP Forensic Identification Section is assisting with the investigation.

Const. Alex Berube of the Westshore RCMP is confirming that in all of the incidents, the property accessed by the perpetrators was unlocked, and no damage was sustained due to forced entry.

“This is again an unfortunate reminder that owners should keep their homes and vehicles locked,” Berube said. “If presented with an opportunity, criminals will not hesitate to open an unlocked door.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

mdavies@goldstreamgazette.com

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