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Two military members arrested in Nanaimo

Apr 07 2012

Two Nanaimo men, both members of the Canadian Forces, have been arrested and charged with break and enter and uttering threats. One of the men also faces a variety of weapons offences.

Police said Friday that the two were initially taken into custody as a result of an investigation into a break-in at a Nanaimo fast-food restaurant on Dec. 24, in which a large quantity of money stolen.

Cory Damian Wagner and Ryan Kevin Verhoeks, both 20, were arrested in their homes by Nanaimo RCMP on Wednesday evening.

Police say they found more than a thousand rounds of improperly secured ammunition at Verhoeks's residence and six licensed firearms that were neither secured properly nor bearing trigger locks.

Verhoeks faces 13 charges, including break and enter, theft over $5,000, careless storage of a firearm and uttering threats.

Wagner has been charged with break and enter, theft over $5,000 and uttering threats.

Police said the Canadian Forces has been made aware of the charges.

Both men have been remanded into custody and are scheduled to appear in Nanaimo provincial court on Tuesday.

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