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Crime Reduction Team nabs prolific car thief

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP. - file
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.
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The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP's Crime Reduction Team has recovered three stolen vehicles in possession of someone it's calling "a prolific car thief.''

The team was out in full force Tuesday night, nabbing Jesse Biley, 22, who has left stolen cars in his wake from Penticton, Cranbrook, Langley, Burnaby, Parksville, Nanaimo, Duncan, Victoria and elsewhere. The massive effort was matched by volumes of paperwork to bring Biley and Courtney Therrien before the courts.

They're facing three counts each of theft of a motor vehicle and possession of property obtained by crime.

Therrien had an outstanding warrant on unrelated charges and Biley is also charged with failing to comply with a condition that prohibited him from being in a motor vehicle without the registered owner present or having written permission from the owner.

Biley and Therrien were camping in a 1979 Dodge camper, reported stolen, when the RCMP detained them. Two other vehicles stolen from the Nanaimo and Ladysmith areas, a 1994 Suzuki Sidekick and a 1997 GEO Tracker, were on site.

Inspector Ray Carfantan, who's in charge of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP, detachment, is pleased with the work of the Crime Reduction Unit this summer.

"He knows they are working hard and he is impressed with their results and the positive impact it is having on the community,'' says Cpl. Krista Hobday in a media release.

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