On 2013-05-15, an intensive investigation into a series of break and enters conducted by the Shawnigan Lake RCMP, Island District Forensic Identification Section and Island District Police Dog Services, culminated in the arrest of a 19 year male in the Mill Bay area.
The 7 break and enters, which were all residences within the Mill Bay area, occurred between May 9 and May 15th. The offences all occurred during the day when the home occupants were gone. Most of the houses were entered through insecure windows. A variety of items were stolen including jewelry, computers/laptops, cameras and money. Some of the stolen property has been recovered and will be returned to the owners.
The accused Michael BROTHERSTON previously of Duncan was staying at the Bamberton Provincial Park during the time period of the break and enters. He remains in custody with an appearance in Duncan Provincial Court, May 21st.
The investigation is ongoing and police believe there may be further property crimes that have not yet been reported. RCMP are also advising a few reports of thefts from vehicles in the Shawnigan Lake area over the weekend. Please hide valuables and lock your vehicle’s at all times.
Shawnigan Lake RCMP ask that anyone with information regarding these crimes or any other criminal activity is to contact them at 250-743-5514 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-665-8477.
Sgt. Rob WEBB
Shawnigan Lake RCMP
A home owner in the 600 block of Butterfield Road interrupted a break and enter in progress this afternoon. He had been gone for about four hours and returned home to find his house broken into at about 130 this afternoon. A front window had been opened and entered, the thief then left through a rear window leaving other planned stolen items behind. Island District Forensic Identification Section attended and seized some strong physical evidence at the residence. The investigation is ongoing.
>>> Rob Webb 5/14/2013 10:16 AM >>>
Shawnigan Lake RCMP are investigating two recent break and enters in the Mill Bay area. The first one was reported on May 9th as a single hit alarm. Police arrived within minutes to find the front door of the residence in the 2600 block of Mill Bay Rd open and a video camera and some other items on the door step. Police Dog Services were called and searched the area. Unfortunately a suspect was not located. Investigation revealed that the suspect or suspects entered through and insecure back window. A significant amount of jewelry as stolen from the residence.
On May 13th a residence in the 600 block of Frayne Road was entered during the day between 8 AM and 6 PM through an insecure rear window. A laptop, and a significant amount of jewelry was also stolen from this residence.
RCMP Forensic Identification Section is assisting with both of these investigations. ” It is extremely disturbing to person’s when their homes are broken into, and we certainly take these matters seriously. We are working on these investigations and seeking the assistance of our Regional Crime Unit and neighboring Detachment’s for any help. Our property crime in the South Cowichan area has been relatively well in hand. RCMP ask that people please secure their residences and vehicles when they are not home and citizens keep an eye for any suspicious persons or vehicle’s.”
If you have any information regarding these or any other crimes you are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1 800 665 8477 or Shawnigan Lake RCMP at 250-743-5514.
Sgt. Rob WEBB
Shawnigan Lake RCMP