A suspect with a lengthy criminal record was arrested last month after using stolen bank cards obtained from vehicle break-ins in View Royal.
On Thursday, February 9th, West Shore RCMP received a call about a theft from a pair of vehicles parked on Cooper Road.
Bank cards stolen from the vehicles were then used to purchase items at several West Shore and Esquimalt businesses.
Investigators were able to identify the suspect as 44-year-old Ross Macmillan of Esquimalt.
With the help of witnesses, police learned the suspect left in a taxi from one of the locations.
Macmillan had recently been convicted of theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and possession of stolen property from a 2021 investigation out of Saanich.
In addition, Macmillan also has a lengthy criminal record including convictions for failure to comply with court ordered conditions, possession of the stolen property, uttering threats, theft, fraud and weapons-related offences.
The West Shore RCMP crime reduction unit, with assistance from the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team, executed a search warrant at a residence in Esquimalt.
During the search of the home, police recovered stolen items, including stolen identification, which led to Macmillan’s involvement in View Royal’s theft.
Macmillan was arrested and charged with failure to comply with a probation order, theft under $5000, theft of a credit card, and fraud in relation to this investigation.