Thetis Lake ( Ryan, lordryerye via Instagram)

West Shore RCMP have seized a U-Haul truck associated with the roving tent city campers after locks to the Thetis Lake campground in View Royal were cut early Monday morning.

According to a police release, a caretaker living at the campground spotted the U-Haul truck and suspicious occupants inside the locked gate compound shortly after midnight.

The caretaker discovered the lock on the gate had been cut and the hinge was broken, then called police.

West Shore RCMP officers attended and located the truck outside the property and identified several persons of interest who were associated to the U-Haul.

The U-Haul truck was seized and the matter remains under investigation.

“In order to gain entry to the land, the suspects would have had to cut the lock and wrench on the gate. The suspects were committing a crime of mischief by cutting the lock, damaging the gate and entering onto the private property, said Cst. Nancy Saggar of the West Shore RCMP.

On Saturday, Central Saanich police, with the help of the Greater Victoria Crowd Management Unit, arrested a total of 10 individuals from the same group after they removed  gates blocking access to the propert and drove their vehicles onto the former Woodwynn Farms property located at 779 West Saanich Rd. The property is currently managed by the Provincial Rental Housing Corporation.

They were released on a promise not to go back to the property.

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