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Man has history of breaking into cars and falling asleep

Sep 12 2012

Sleeping on the job has landed a Greater Victoria man in court - and it's not the first time.

Saanich police were called to a home in the 2800 block of Rockwell Avenue last Friday after a woman called to report a strange man sleeping in her car, Saanich police spokesman Sgt. Dean Jantzen said Tuesday.

"We sent a pair of officers to the scene and the fellow was still sleeping.

They woke him up and one officer recognized the guy as a local prolific thief," Jantzen said.

There was damage to the vehicle and it appeared the man had broken into the 2001 Nissan to steal items and then had fallen asleep, he said.

There were items in the car that did not belong to the owner, including two rolls of copper tubing and sunglasses, allegedly stolen from a nearby work truck, Jantzen said.

"As luck would have it, [the Regional Crime Unit] had just obtained a warrant the same day for past thefts from autos which occurred in August," he said, adding that the man was arrested.

The same man was found sleeping behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle in Cadboro Bay Village in 2009, he said.

"The officers woke him up and he was subsequently convicted. He has a history of falling asleep at work," he said.

The man was remanded in custody and will appear in court today.

jlavoie@timescolonist.com

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