Western Communities Courthouse. (Black Press file photo)

Caught on camera: Man charged in cell phone theft at West Shore court house

West Shore RCMP arrest and charge a man they call a prolific property crime offender

A man was arrested and charged for stealing at the Western Communities Court House after checking in with his probation officer.

On April 25, The West Shore RCMP Crime Reduction Unit investigated a report of a stolen cell phone.

READ ALSO: WATCH: West Shore RCMP investigating after early morning ATM theft

The theft took place inside the Western Communities Court House in Colwood. The person who reported the theft said they left their phone on the counter in the middle of the lobby and when they came back a few minutes later, it was gone.

Const. Nancy Saggar of West Shore RCMP said the Crime Reduction Unit viewed surveillance footage from the court house and saw an individual — who they identified as Derek Fast — take the phone. Saggar said Fast is a chronic property crime offender.

READ ALSO: West Shore RCMP arrest suspects for carving swastika in concrete at Esquimalt Lagoon

“Through their investigation, the unit learned that Fast had been at the court house that day checking in with his probation officer,” Saggar said. “Fast stole the phone off the counter before leaving.”

Fast was arrested and has since been charged with theft under $5,000. He is expected to return to court for this matter.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Scarlet fever reported at Victoria elementary school

Parents advised to look for symptoms of ‘strawberry tongue’ and rash

Saanich dog walkers react to potential review of bylaws allowing off-leash dogs on beaches

Focus should have remained on migratory birds, not on dog behaviour, says Cadboro Bay dog walker

No dogs allowed off-leash at Luxton Fairgrounds in Langford

New sign placed by Metchosin Farmers Institute on Wednesday, Feb. 19

Council approve temporary storage to extend life of Oak Bay Fire Hall

It’s cute, it’s iconic, but the picturesque Oak Bay Fire Hall is… Continue reading

Motion for Greater Victoria fare-free youth transit defeated

Victoria Regional Transit Commision votes tied 4-4

VIDEO: Feds warned agricultural sector near ‘tipping point’ due to blockades

Canadian Federation of Agriculture points to lack of propane and feed due to Coastal GasLink dispute

B.C. terminates contract with hospice society refusing assisted death

Delta Hospice Society loses hospital service fund of $1.5 million

Child in hospital following fatal crash that killed father, sibling on B.C. highway

The single vehicle crash occured near Kamloops on Highway 5A

‘Die!’: Vernon councillor mailed death threat

This story contains information that might be sensitive to some readers

Hidden message connects Castlegar homeowners decades apart

The Rodgers family was surprised when a message fell out of the walls as they were renovating

Two B.C. men plead guilty to bus-terminal assault of man with autism in Ontario

Parmvir Chahil and Jaspaul Uppal due to be sentenced in June for aggravated assault

B.C. Liberals call for assistance on soaring strata insurance rates

NDP’s Carole James says problem is across the country

‘Intemperate, insulting’: B.C. teacher reprimanded for online comments about religion

John William Yetman made the comments in response to a Facebook invitation to Open Mosque Day B.C.

Most Read