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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 Ch√Ęteau, 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.

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