(West Shore RCMP)

The cost of construction is expensive, and the prices for wood are astronomical, but that doesn’t give anyone the right to a five finger discount

With that said, a 39-year-old Saanich resident has been arrested following a two-month investigation into stolen lumber in Colwood.

In February 2022, West Shore RCMP said they received a report of lumber being stolen from the Olympic View area, prompting an investigation to begin. 

In the months that followed, several similar reports of stolen lumber were received from various businesses and construction sites in the area. 

In total, over $10,000 in lumber was reported stolen, according to police.

On May 17th, investigators identified and arrested the 39-year-old suspect for theft over $5,000. 

(West Shore RCMP)

A search warrant was executed at the suspect’s residence where police located and seized a large quantity of lumber. 

The suspect’s vehicle was also seized as it is believed to be offence-related property.

The investigation is ongoing. h

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