Oceanside Police dog helps catch break and enter suspect before he can commit another


2020-07-03 15:42 PDT

File # 2020-5916

On June 27th the Oceanside RCMP received a complaint of a break and enter in progress on Magnolia Drive in Parksville. The homeowner called just before 3am saying that an unknown person had removed a screen from a window and had gained entry into the house, but had fled after the homeowner confronted them.

Oceanside RCMP frontline members attended immediately to the house and began making patrols looking for the suspect. The homeowner gave a detailed description of the suspect and last direction of travel.

Police Dog Services was contacted and immediately began looking for the man and located him several blocks away in the backyard of another house. This 2nd house was found to have a screen removed from a window and surveillance video showed the man attempting to break into it also. The homeowner from the second house did not know this man, or why he was in their backyard at 3am.

The 24 year old Qualicum Beach man was immediately arrested for Break and Enter, and transported to the Oceanside RCMP detachment without incident.

"This suspect was also found to be breaching his conditions from a probation order he was already on" Oceanside RCMP Detachment commander Staff Sergeant Marc Pelletier "This suspect now has a September court date on these new incidents. I’m very happy that no one was injured, and thankful for the quick actions of the homeowner calling right away with the man’s description"

Released by

Cpl. Chris Manseau

Division Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
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Office: 778-290-3791
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Email: chris.manseau@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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