RCMP searching for man on a crime spree across Vancouver Island


2021-06-18 15:32 PDT

A man is on the run following a string of events across Vancouver Island over the course of the last week.

On June 12, Oceanside RCMP received a report of a vehicle theft that had occurred at approximately 6 p.m. on June 11, from the 300-block of Crome Point Road in Deep Bay. The vehicle was described as a Tan Chevy Silverado pick-up truck with a headrack. (Oceanside 2021-5937)

Just before 8 p.m. the same evening, Oceanside RCMP received a report of a commercial break and enter at a paint store in Qualicum Beach. Upon attendance, frontline officers discovered that exterior fence had been cut but entry, while attempted had not been gained to the business. The truck seen leaving the scene matched the description to the one stolen on June 11. (Oceanside 2021-5923)
On June 15, just after 11 a.m., Ladysmith RCMP received a hit and run report at a local hardware store. The complainant stated someone driving a flatbed truck had struck and damaged two vehicles. The truck matched the description of the one stolen from Deep Bay on June 11. (Ladysmith 2021-1904)

On June 15, North Cowichan RCMP received a report of a theft from vehicle which occurred in a parking lot in the 2800-block of Mill Street in Chemanius. Amongst the items stolen was the victim’s credit card, which had been used at a gas station in Chemanius. (NCD file 2021-9111)

On June 16, at 5 p.m. the truck was spotted at an auto centre in the 10000-block of Youbou Road in Youbou by a Lake Cowichan frontline officer. The licence plate was partially obstructed by spray paint, which raised the officer’s suspicion. Checks revealed the truck was stolen and the officer entered the passenger side of the truck to place the driver under arrest. The man fled on foot prior to the officer being able to take him into custody. (Lake Cowichan 2021-1128)

Despite a track by a police service dog in the forested area across the road from the auto centre, the man was not located.

He is described as:

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We are asking anyone who has information about any of these events, or can assist in identifying this man to contact the Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111, states S/Sgt. Janelle Shoihet of the BC RCMP.

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S/Sgt. Janelle Shoihet

Senior Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3 - Mailstop #1608
Office: 778-290-4134
Cell: 604-657-5730
Fax: 778-290-6114

Email: janelle.shoihet@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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