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Four arrested in Nanaimo home invasion

May 28 2012

Four men were arrested after a home invasion in Nanaimo Sunday morning.

Around 2 a.m. Sunday, two men forced their way into a home in the 600-block of Sterling Avenue, occupied by a 50-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, said Nanaimo RCMP spokesman Const. Gary O’Brien. The two men pushed the woman to the ground and stole a television set. She was uninjured.

The men got into a truck, where two other men were waiting, and took off.

The victims called police and gave a detailed description of the culprits and the licence plate of the truck, which they followed until it got away.

About 20 minutes after the incident, Mounties arrested two of the suspects on Glen Crescent near the getaway car, O’Brien said. The TV was recovered in a nearby alleyway. The other two suspects were arrested an hour later at the same home as they tried to get into a taxi cab.

The men were held in custody and are set to appear in court today. They are facing charges of robbery, break and enter and possession of stolen property.

O’Brien said the home invasion was targeted and investigators are trying to determine the previous relationship between the victims and offenders.