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B&E suspects nabbed

Castlegar RCMP kept busy with overnight series of break and enters. A number of incidents in Castlegar and Nelson appeared to be related.


Castlegar RCMP reported on October 20 they had arrested two males in connection with a string of local break and enters which had occurred overnight on Oct. 19.

The 19-year-old males, both of Kelowna, were being held pending court appearances on Oct. 21.Each male faced a list of charges including five counts of break and enter, one count of attempted break and enter, and possession of stolen property (number of counts to be determined).

On Oct. 19 officers responded just before midnight to an alarm at Joey's Seafood Restaurant. The business was checked and found to be secure. About an hour later RCMP received a call in regard to an alarm at Wine Kitz.

Police were not dispatched to the location but a representative attended, found it had been broken into, and phoned police.Police received a call at about 4 a.m. from a citizen in the 1400 block of Columbia Avenue of an attempted b&e in progress.

Police attended immediately and two males fled on foot, leaving behind a van. It was noted at the time that David Williams and Associates had been targeted. Two suspects were noticed a short time later and arrested.Another such incident took place at the Beach Hut in Castlegar.

Police also reported that three Nelson businesses: Chatters, Downward Dog and Ariah's Organic Food had been victimized overnight and appeared to be related to the Castlegar crimes. An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen from each of the businesses.Castlegar RCMP along with the Crime Reduction Unit were, as of Oct. 20, continuing to investigate this rather complex series of events.