UPDATE: According to West Shore RCMP, the suspect has been located, arrested and is currently in police custody.

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West Shore RCMP have released surveillance photos of a man they say is suspected of stealing a vehicle and is “armed and dangerous”.

RCMP also said he has failed to stop for police after several attempts were made.

The incident began between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19th when witnesses observed the man behind the wheel of a 2010 black Dodge Caravan vehicle near the intersection of Admirals and Craigflower Roads in View Royal.

The Caravan with BC license plate EJ505R was reported stolen from a home in View Royal later that day.

RCMP said the vehicle was involved in several investigations the following day around Sooke which include uttering threats and residential break-ins, including one that involved the theft of a firearm.

By Wednesday evening, police say the vehicle was spotted between Sooke and Ladysmith.

Police said several attempts were made to stop the vehicle between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., however the driver refused to stop.

RCMP continue to search for the man and the black 2010 Dodge Caravan.

The man is described as standing 5’7″ with a slim build. He’s believed to be in his 30s with long, dark-blond hair and a beard.

“Investigators believe the man or anyone that is seen associated to the vehicle may be armed and dangerous and for that reason we are warning the public to not approach and to call the police immediately if either are seen,” said Const. Meghan Groulx, of the West Shore RCMP, in a statement Thursday.

Anyone who sees either the man or the vehicle is asked to call the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264.

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