North Cowichan RCMP news release:
A concerned citizen and some good police work thwarted the efforts of two would-be thieves. Michael Ingram and his accomplice James Perry have both been charged with break and enter while Mr. Ingram also faces a charge of possession of break-in Instruments following an interrupted break and enter at the beginning of the month.
A neighbour reported a suspicious van backed up to a residence on Wharncliffe Road in Duncan at around 6:30 a.m. on April 1. The 911 call sent North Cowichan/Duncan officers to the area looking for the men and the van. The Mounties knew of a residence in the area that has a reputation for stolen property. They headed there when the van was not located at the scene of the break and enter. They found both males and the van, and were able to recover some stolen property.
All’s well that ends well. A concerned citizen does the right thing, the Mounties use their knowledge of the area and habits of known thieves to point them in the right direction, and the home owner gets his property back. Oh, and the suspects will answer to the charges laid against them in Duncan Provincial Court, April 26.
“Good things happen when citizens are willing to get involved,” added Cpl. Krista Hobday.