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Liquor-store looters end up behind bars

May 16 2012

Four people are facing break and enter charges after the glass door of Spinnakers Beer and Wine Store in James Bay was smashed in and fistfuls of liquor taken Tuesday morning.

Three women and a male teen were arrested after the break-in at 425 Simcoe St., according to police.

Victoria police received several 911 calls after midnight reporting the sounds of breaking glass at the liquor store and four people fleeing the scene.

With detailed descriptions from witnesses, police contained the area.

A dog unit was used to track the suspects and collect evidence, said spokesman Const. Mike Russell.

Several bottles of hard liquor were scattered throughout the neighbourhood as the suspects fled on foot.

The dog unit found one of the suspects, a 30-year-old woman, hiding in a wood pile behind a home in the 400-block of Luxton Avenue.

She ignored commands to come out, Russell said, and was bitten in the calf by a dog. The suspect was taken to hospital as a precaution, police said.

Victoria police eventually rounded up the three remaining suspects.

All four suspects face charges of break and enter.

The 30-year-old woman and 18year-old woman were held in custody overnight.

A 24-year-old woman and a 16-year-old male were released on promises to appear in court on June 25, according to police.

ceharnett@timescolonist.com

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