Attempted vehicle theft leads to arrest and recovered goods

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Numerous items stolen from vehicles were recovered after a man was caught in the act of trying to add to his haul and was eventually chased down by police.

Shawnigan Lake RCMP received a call  at 6 a.m. Saturday when a Cobble Hill homeowner noticed a man walking up to his parked truck and then entering it. The homeowner chased the man away and obtained the license number of a green Dodge Neon fleeing the scene.

Shawnigan RCMP located the suspect vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed on the Trans-Canada Highway and heading toward Victoria.

The driver did not pull over when police attempted to stop him. Westshore RCMP and Victoria police agencies were notified of the vehicle heading in that direction and the circumstances of the pursuit.

A 30-year-old driver of the Neon was later located by Westshore RCMP. He was taken into custody and the vehicle seized.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP received numerous reports of thefts from vehicles in the Cowichan Bay/Cobble Hill area that occurred on the previous night.

Many suspected items were recovered from the Neon and Shawnigan RCMP turned them over to North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP for return to their owners.

All items taken were from unlocked vehicles. Police advise people to lock all vehicle doors and homes to protect property.


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