Nanaimo, BC – An eagle-eyed Mountie and quick thinking security guard are being credited with the arrest of a prolific property offender from Nanaimo. The arrest of 28-year-old Jason Klughart, occurred at approximately 7:45 am on Wednesday October 28, 2020 near the Gabriola Island BC Ferries berth on Front St.
The incident began when officers with the Nanaimo RCMP Bike Unit observed a male walking away from the Cameron Island condos on Front St, pushing a mountain bike. ” Something about the way this person walked and dressed lead the officer to believe it may be Klughart, who he has dealt with numerous times,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
The officer engaged the individual in conversation and sure enough, after a quick check of his criminal background, the officer was notified of a warrant for Klughart’s arrest, on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property over $5000. This didn’t sit well with the accused, and within seconds of being told this, Klughart ditched the bike and took off running towards the Port Place Mall.
The chase continued through the Mall until such time the quick thinking security guard stepped in and effectively blocked Klughart’s escape. This provided just enough time for the officer to take control of Klughart and place him under arrest. A search of Klughart’s effects located a number of pieces of identification, later determined to have been stolen from truck parked nearby.
Charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Obstruction were sworn against Klughart and shortly thereafter, he was remanded into police custody until October 30th.
This was good work on behalf of the officer. It also must be noted that without the assistance of the security officer, this prolific offender might still be on the streets, carrying on in his misguided pursuit of criminality, said O’Brien.
File # 2020-39324
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