Multi-Jurisdictional RCMP Response Leads to Arrest of Chronic Offender and Recovery of Stolen Car

North Cowichan, Duncan, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Comox Valley, BC – A well-being check in Crofton, BC, on October 23, 2020, lead to the arrest of a chronic property offender in Ladysmith.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP officers responded to a report of a male and female acting suspiciously in the Crofton area near a vehicle. Front line officers and members of the Street Crime Unit attended and confirmed that both the licence plate and 2019 Chevrolet Impala associated to the suspects were stolen. Police attempted to stop the vehicle but it fled from the area towards Chemainus. Ladysmith RCMP spotted the vehicle on the Trans Canada Highway and followed it to the Oyster Sto’Lo Road area, north of town.

Shortly afterwards, Ladymsith RCMP attempted traffic stop a second time and the occupants fled on foot. Officers from the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP, Ladysmith RCMP, and Nanaimo RCMP, including a Police Dog Service officer, set up an area perimeter. A couple from the Courtenay area was located hiding in a trailer on a nearby property and arrested with the assistance of Police Service Dog Herc.

Police Service Dog "Herc" helped police locate and arrest suspects related to a stolen vehicle
(RCMP) Police Service Dog “Herc” helped police locate and arrest suspects related to a stolen vehicle

Prolific offender Cameron Sebastian, age 26, was arrested and police confirmed that he had numerous outstanding warrants for his arrest. Sebastian was held in custody facing charges of possession of stolen property over $5000, break and enter, flight from police and other charges. A 21-year-old female has been released on several charges and is scheduled to appear in Duncan court on January 12, 2021.

This investigation required a high and constant risk assessment given that the suspect was in possession of a stolen vehicle and was very motivated to avoid arrest, says Street Crimes Unit commander Cpl. Trevor March. Having the ability to engage officers from three different jurisdictions allowed us to maintain public safety and apprehend this priority offender in the best way possible.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP

File # 2020-16569

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