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4 arrested in files linked to West Shore break-ins

Jul 18 2012

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

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

Officers with the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team raided the suite about 3 p.m. Saturday and found a cache of stolen property worth $50,000.

Police determined that many of the items were from break and enters and vehicle thefts in the West Shore. Some of the stolen goods have been returned to the owners, Russell said.

Police also found a variety of drugs, including heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and steroids, with a street 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.

Hours later, 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 about 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 allegedly stolen from a Langford home 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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