Around $100,000 of approximately $200,000 in stolen goods has been recovered by police.
West Shore RCMP’s Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) is finishing an investigation into a theft crime spree that began in September that took several months.
The CRU investigated six separate robberies that occurred between September and November. Five of the six robberies involved breaking and entering and mostly took place at numerous construction sites and businesses throughout the West Shore.
The bulk of what was stolen in these five cases were high-value tools.
In the sixth investigation, the CRU was investigating a stolen five tonne moving truck which contained approximately $90,000 worth of stolen goods. It was taken out of the West Shore and found in Shirley later by Sooke RCMP.
Here is a crime map of the approximate areas where the break-ins and robberies occurred:
West Shore RCMP’s CRU investigators found the stolen moving truck and determined the contents had been taken from a residence in the 2300-block of Sooke Road in Colwood.
Police say it was then that investigators determined that the six investigations were connected and they had multiple suspects colluding in the robberies and break-ins.
The CRU executed a search warrant on the residence of one of the three suspects they had and uncovered a “plethora of stolen items” from many of the six investigations.
According to police, the stolen goods were being taken to and from this property using a stolen Chevy Silverado that was also recovered by investigators during the search.
Police have arrested 36-year-old Nicolas Banks, who has been charged with four counts of possession of property obtained by crime, two counts of theft over $5,000 and one count of trafficking stolen property.
Two others, a 51-year-old male suspect and a 38-year-old female have been arrested as well. Together they face six charges related to the robberies as well as breaking and entering.
All three suspects will appear in court and face a judge in January 2023.
“This was a complex investigation involving many moving parts,” said Cpl. Danny Grieve West Shore RCMP Crime Reduction Unit.
“Approximately $200 000 worth of stolen items were reported to police in these investigations. Of that, we were able to recover approximately $100 000 worth of stolen items.”
“Our Crime Reduction Unit tracked down and arrested 3 suspects as well as recovered the stolen property. The majority of the stolen items have been returned to the rightful owners. This investigation is ongoing, and we are still looking for a number of outstanding stolen items.”
Police say they are still searching for some outstanding items that have been reported stolen and are believed to be connected to this case.
Two larger value items that have yet to turn up are a S70 Skid Steer Loader and an E20 Excavator Bobcat sitting atop of Flat Deck Trailer. They were reported as stolen from Deckadence Construction.
According to investigators, the Bobcat and Skid Steer may or may not still have the Deckadence logo on the body.
Anyone with information regarding the location of the stolen items listed above is asked to call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264.