POLICE BEAT: Search on for break-in suspect

Mounties are on the hunt for a thief suspected in a rash of residential break and enters

Mounties are on the hunt for a thief suspected in a rash of residential break and enters.

RCMP have identified a suspect involved in a Feb. 6 break-in at a Willow Creek Road home. The owner returned to find the patio door open, her bedroom ransacked and jewelry missing. The Forensic Identification Section processed the scene and found evidence to suggest this break and enter is linked to other recent residential B&Es. A description of the suspect was not released.


Coal workers nab metal thief

Quinsam Coal employees apprehended a woman who tried to steal $15,000 worth of copper wire from the mine last Thursday.

It was just around 8:30 a.m. when the workers caught the woman in the act. She was riding an all-terrain vehicle that had been stolen out of Nanaimo and had already bundled up the copper wire when she was nabbed. However, a male accomplice fled on foot and a search by the police dog failed to pick up his track.

A 34-year-old Chemainus woman is facing charges of break and enter, and possession of stolen property over $5,000. She is due to appear in Campbell River provincial court on April 22. Mounties are still trying to identify and arrest the male suspect.


Accident, drugs found

Drugs are believed to be a factor in an accident that occurred on the afternoon of Feb. 5.

According to police, a blue GMC Envoy was heading west on 16th Avenue near Maple Street when the female driver crossed the centre line and side-swiped an oncoming white Chevrolet Astro.

Both drivers received minor injuries in the collision. The 23-year-old female driver of the Envoy was believed to under the influence of narcotics and is facing impaired driving charges. The woman and her 17-year-old passenger are also facing drug possession charges.