Shoplifting ring steals thousands from high-end downtown stores
Nov 08 2011
Victoria police have identified the five people they arrested after a shoplifting ring stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of goods from high-end downtown shops Saturday.
The ring from Vancouver - identified in a Victoria Police Department release as the "Deacon gang" - is accused of stealing expensive clothing and merchandise from at least eight stores, including Outlooks for Men, Suasion, Le Château, Rebel Rebel, Sport Chek, Lululemon, Sweet Nancy's and Roots.
Sweet Nancy's on Broughton Street reported a theft in progress around 2: 30 p.m., which led to the involvement of Victoria police.
More thefts were reported as police canvassed downtown businesses, and Sidney-North Saanich RCMP were then enlisted to search for a van at the Swartz Bay ferry terminal.
Victoria police and the Mounties arrested five people at the ferry terminal as they waited for the 5 p.m. ferry to Tsawwassen, Victoria Const. Justin Munro said.
Police recovered a large haul of stolen items from a van seized at the terminal.
Police say they have talked to numerous witnesses.
The five are facing charges of theft over $5,000 and possession of stolen property over $5,000.
The accused are: Clifford Reynolds, 44, Eric Alvano, 25, Correen Deacon, 42, Jacqueline Allore, 49, and Tanya Deacon, 25.