COLWOOD, B.C. – A Saanich man has been arrested for allegedly stealing $10,000 worth of lumber from businesses and construction sites on Vancouver Island.
After receiving a series of reports of lumber theft from businesses and construction sites in Colwood, the West Shore RCMP Crime Reduction Unit conducted a two-month investigation which resulted in the arrest of a 39-year-old man for theft over $5,000.
The investigation kicked off this February when officers were told lumber was being stolen from the Olympic View area in Colwood. The RCMP noted several other reports were received in the months that followed and over $10,000 in lumber was reported stolen prior to the recent arrest of a suspect.
On May 17, investigators identified and arrested the suspect.
A search warrant was executed at the suspect’s residence and lumber was located and seized by police. In addition, the suspect’s vehicle was seized as it is believed to be offence-related property and police will be seeking its forfeiture.
The RCMP stated the investigation is ongoing and police will be recommending further charges against the suspect.
“A lot of great work was done by our team throughout this investigation, which ultimately resulted in an arrest,” said Fred Ritchie of the West Shore RCMP Crime Reduction Unit in a statement. “It’s a good feeling to be able to return stolen property to its rightful owners and to deter others from taking advantage of these construction sites.”