Four men were arrested after an alleged case of vigilante justice in Campbell River.
On March 3rd, Campbell River RCMP says they responded to a call from a residence in the 100-block of Thulin Street in Campbell River.
When officers arrived, they found four men leaving the home with belongings they claimed were theirs and found the resident inside badly beaten.
Officers arrested the four men for assault causing bodily harm, and the 40-year-old resident was transported to hospital for treatment of his injuries.
“It’s easy to understand the level of anger that gets created when one’s home is violated. However, we urge members of the public not to take matters into their own hands […] violent crimes are typically viewed as more serious than property crimes” said Const. Maury Tyre, Campbell River RCMP media relations officer.
Apparently, the four men went to the victim’s house when they were tipped off that the victim was in possession of their belongings.
After the arrest, police executed a warrant at the victim’s residence and recovered thousands of dollars of belongings from several different break-ins that had occurred.
Items were returned to their rightful owners.
“ We have seen the person who takes the matter into their own hands be quite seriously injured as well. What we need is witnesses who are willing to share information fully on crimes with the police so that police can deal with it expediently in a legal fashion,” said Tyre.
If you wish to report criminal activity, contact the Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221. In an emergency call 911.