Nanaimo man arrested
(Image / Tom Brenner)

A property owner in the Nanaimo area was fortunate to have spotted a broken lock on his barn this past weekend, as it led him to interrupt a break and enter in progress.

Nanaimo RCMP have arrested one man and are seeking two other suspects after the incident occurred on a rural property in Cedar.

The attempted incident happened at around 10 a.m. on Sunday April 26th, in the 1200-block of Maughan Road.

The property owner told Nanaimo RCMP officers that he noticed the lock on the door to the barn had been broken, and shortly after, heard a vehicle horn sounding.

Following this, two men were seen running from his property, and the owner was able to take a photo of a female driver and vehicle plate before the suspects drove off.

Nanaimo RCMP also located bolt cutters near the barn, and Police Dog Services attended to tracked the two suspects but were unable to locate them at that time.

After following up on the vehicle information that the property owner provided, Nanaimo RCMP were able to locate the registered owner driving the suspected vehicle at his home.

The 36-year-old man is known to police, and was arrested without incident for the attempted break and enter.

He was later released from police custody on an Undertaking, and is expected to make an appearance in Nanaimo Provincial court on July 7th.

The investigation is ongoing, and Nanaimo RCMP are confident the female driver and the second male suspect will be identified.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.