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38-year-old man arrested in connection to string of UVic break-ins

11 break-ins have occurred since June, with nine in the past month and a half
The Saanich Police Department arrested a 38-year-old man in connection to a series of break-ins at the University of Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

An arrest has been made by the Saanich Police Department following a string of break-ins at the University of Victoria.

Since June 2021, a total of 11 break-ins have been reported at various buildings across campus, and of that total, nine were reported to have occurred in the last month and a half.

Items such as generators, tools and electronics were stolen – efforts to locate the property are ongoing, said Const. Markus Anastasiades of the Saanich Police Department in a statement.

On Jan. 12, the suspect triggered an alarm at the UVic bookstore around 4:30 a.m.

Campus security located a man coming out of the store and spoke with him briefly before he fled the scene. Police were unable to locate the suspect after the incident.

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However, evidence was obtained and investigators were pointed to a suspect with a history of property-related crimes, the department said.

On Jan. 16, officers located and arrested a 38-year-old man who was later released with conditions and a court date. He faces criminal charges relating to the break and enters.

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