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Victoria police arrest four in cases linked to West Shore break and enters

Jul 17 2012

Victoria police arrested four people Saturday in two separate files linked to break and enters in the West Shore.

Patrol members received a tip that a group of people were selling drugs out of a Travellers Inn suite at 1850 Douglas Street, said police spokesman Const. Mike Russell.

Officers with Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team raided the suite around 3 p.m. and found a cache of stolen property worth $50,000. Police determined that many of the items were linked to break and enters and vehicle thefts in the West Shore. Some of the stolen goods have already been returned to the owners, Russell said.

Police also found a variety of drugs, including heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and steroids, with a street-level value of $2,000.

Three people were arrested in the suite. The target of the investigation, a 38-year-old Victoria man, has a long history of drug-related offences. He faces charges of drug possession and possession for the purpose of trafficking. A 25-year-old woman and 34-year-old man, both of Victoria, also face drug-related charges.

The names of the three people were not released because they were let out on a promise to appear in court Sept. 10.

Just hours later Saturday, Victoria police arrested a 32-year-old man in a stolen car , uncovering weapons and a cache of stolen items from an earlier break-in in Langford.

Officers spotted a 2012 Dodge Charger, determined to be stolen, driving in the 900-block of North Park Street around 7:30 p.m. As the police cruiser followed the car, the driver quickly pulled into a parking lot, jumped out and tried to flee on foot. The officers chased him and arrested the man.

Police found a stun gun and collapsible baton hidden in his jacket. The man also had property that was stolen from a break and enter in Langford on Thursday night.

Jimmy Lepine is facing several charges including possession of stolen property over $5,000, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of an unauthorized weapon and possession of stolen property.

kderosa@timescolonist.com

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