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Two suspects arrested for Nanaimo break-and-enters

Feb 02 2012

Two young men believed to be involved in upwards of 20 break-and-enters in Nanaimo were arrested after a search warrant was executed on a central Nanaimo home Wednesday night.

Thursday morning at 1:15 a.m. Nanaimo property crime officers, assisted by crime reduction members and general duty officers, entered a home in the 1000-block of Oakley Crescent.

Handguns, passports, and a brand new lap top, still in its box, were amongst stolen seized from the home by Nanaimo RCMP’s property crime unit, according to Const. Gary O’Brien, in a press release.

Two males, ages 26 and 28, are in custody and are expected to appear in Nanaimo Provincial court later today.

Police believe the pair are responsible for more than 20 break-ins in the central area of Nanaimo since early December.

“Our officers are pleased with the results and believe these two are responsible for a number of break and enters in which a door was kicked in and entry made,” O’Brien said.

One of the males arrested has seven outstanding warrants originating in Alberta for various property related offences.

Police said this morning they seized the following items:

• 2 handguns; 3 passports

• I laptop and printer still in its original box

• 2 antique clocks, coin collections

• Toshiba computers and a Samsung digital photo system

• 50-inch Pioneer flat screen TV and home stereo equipment

• security system and numerous tools

Over the next week the investigators will try to match the stolen items with their owners.

Police will look for identifiable markings or serial numbers on the items which can be traced to the original owners, O’Brien said.

To assist in that, the items will be displayed for the media Friday and further information about the suspects will be provided, O’Brien said.

ceharnett@timescolonist.com