Island wide prolific offender arrested: Vancouver Island

Nanaimo, BC – 24-year-old Austin Carlson-McPherson, an Vancouver Island wide, prolific property offender has been arrested and is in police custody. Carlson- McPherson was arrested at his Cranberry Ave home, following a search warrant carried out by officers with the Nanaimo RCMP Street Crimes. The warrant was executed just after 9 am on Tuesday September 22, 2020.

The search warrant resulted in the seizure of 2 firearms, stolen mail, personal identification, passports, and a portable debit machine. The debit machine is believed to have been stolen from Port Renfrew earlier this year. Carlson- McPherson is the subject of upwards of twenty criminal investigations throughout Sooke, Port Renfrew and Duncan.

(File Photo) Arrested
(File Photo) Arrested

The Nanaimo RCMP charges consist of Possessing stolen property including bump keys, and keys belonging to Canada Post. The firearms seized, were stolen during a 2019 break and enter in Nanaimo. The other fifteen charges Carlson-McPherson faces range from Break and Enter, Drive While Prohibited x 8, Flight from Police and various thefts.

It brings immense satisfaction to our officers to have this individual off the streets and to interrupt his pattern of criminality throughout Vancouver Island. Additionally, investigators have been able to identify the owners of the property seized and are currently in the process of returning it, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Carlson-McPherson has been remanded until Friday September 25, 2020.

Nanaimo RCMP

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