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Saanich police have nabbed a man responsible for a dozen or more break-and-enters in Saanich.

Saanich Police say they have received nine reports of break-ins  in various neighbourhoods north of Vanalman Rd.  They occurred during various times of the day and entry was gained through either insecure second floor windows or forced entry.

The investigation led police to a 33-year-old Saanich man. Last Thursday, police watched him pawn stolen jewelry at a local pawn shop. He was quickly arrested after leaving the store and the stolen jewelry was returned to the owners.

After the suspect was arrested, a search warrant was obtained for his home in the 4300 block of West Saanich Rd where they obtained evidence from other break-and-enters.

“We would like to remind homeowners to ensure they are properly securing their homes even during the hot summer weather.”  A/Sgt. Jereme Leslie said.  “Always secure your windows when you leave your home, safeguard your belongings, make sure you have a deadbolt for your exterior doors and ensure they are properly installed.”

The man known to police has been remanded in custody and police are recommending charges of two counts of break-and-enter and one count of possession of property obtained by crime.

He will appear in court on August 24, and police say they will be additional charges.