Vic­to­ria man fac­ing slew of charges af­ter thefts

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A Vic­to­ria man is fac­ing more than 50 charges af­ter a search turned up drugs, hun­dreds of items be­lieved to be stolen, var­i­ous pieces of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and $25,000 in cash.

The stolen iden­ti­fi­ca­tion has been linked to thefts from ve­hi­cles in Vic­to­ria and Saanich.

The find came Oct. 4 when Vic­to­ria po­lice and the Greater Vic­to­ria Emer­gency Re­sponse Team ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at a multi-unit res­i­den­tial com­plex in the 800 block of John­son Street. The door was open when po­lice ar­rived, and a sus­pect was ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent.

Po­lice said the sus­pect first came to their at­ten­tion in 2017 when an alert cit­i­zen re­ported see­ing him try­ing door han­dles on ve­hi­cles.

“Sim­i­larly, at least two mem­bers of our com­mu­nity who called us to re­port that items had been stolen from their ve­hi­cles overnight have as­sisted our in­ves­ti­ga­tion by be­ing able to tie this sus­pect to stolen prop­erty,” Vic­to­ria po­lice Insp. Michael Brown of the Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Di­vi­sion said in a state­ment.

Po­lice have re­leased pic­tures of re­cov­ered items and ask peo­ple who rec­og­nize any of them to call the de­part­ment at 250-995-7654 and ask for Const. Eirik Feir.

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