Victoria police recover $50,000 in stolen goods, make two arrests

Search warrant executed in 800-block of Craigflower Rd. in early February nets huge haul of stolen items: VicPD

  • Feb. 28, 2014 11:00 a.m.

Victoria police exhibit Epiphone

About $50,000 in stolen property is online and waiting to be claimed by their rightful owners today, after a months-long investigation by the Victoria Police Department netted the goods.

On Feb. 7, VicPD’s focused enforcement team and crime reduction unit executed a search warrant in the 800-block of Craigflower Rd. Inside, police arrested five people and found stolen property and various illicit drugs including methamphetamine, psilocybin and heroin.

The investigation began in late 2013 when crime analysts noticed a spike in vehicle break-ins and break-and-enters in Vic West and areas of Esquimalt. Two well-known property criminals living in the area were targeted and eventually police were led to the stash of stolen goods.

The most expensive item was about $30,000 worth of radio diagnostic equipment, stolen from a commercial vehicle on Feb. 1.

Natasha Day and Michell Merrick are facing numerous charges including possession of stolen property over $5,000 and drug offences. Three other individuals have been released on a promise to appear in court.

View the unclaimed recovered stolen property at UsedVictoria.com’s Found section.

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