Tip from the public leads police to suspect

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Public assistance helped North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP connect a suspect to a theft at the WS Supermart on Sherman Road in Duncan last Wednesday.

As a result, Kelly Murphy, 32, has been charged with break and enter and theft and two counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

Police thanked the public for its assistance in providing information about the incident.

"It allowed the suspect to be located and apprehended quickly, and the stolen property to be recovered,'' said Cpl. Jon Stuart.

Police were notified of an alarm at WS Supermart just before 5 a.m. Dec. 12. A member of the public called police after observing a male exiting the business and leaving in a dark-coloured Jeep Cherokee toward downtown Duncan.

Armed with that information, police located the vehicle in the downtown area. The lone occupant of the vehicle was arrested.

Lottery tickets and cigarettes taken in the theft a few minutes earlier were located in the vehicle.

Police reviewed surveillance tape from the store and confirmed the front bumper was used to gain entry.

The male entered the store and stole the tickets and cigarettes found in the vehicle. It was also determined the vehicle used in the theft was stolen from a local repair shop overnight.

"In this and any other case, the public's assistance is very crucial,'' noted Stuart. "If you witness a crime or have information — no matter how small in relation to an offence — it is important that you let the police know. The information you have may be the vital key to solving other crimes.''


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