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Burglaries, stolen vehicle spur arrest, charging of Cobble Hill's Andrew Gundersen
Connecting criminal dots has led to the arrest and charging of Cobble Hill's Andrew Gundersen, police said Friday.
"As a result of several thefts and break and enters in the North Cowichan/Duncan detachment area — and recovery of a stolen vehicle in the Shawnigan Lake detachment area that was believed to be connected — a joint investigation by the two detachments was initiated," RCMP Cpl. Jon Stuart's release says.
Investigation identified the suspect as Gundersen, and led to his arrest and charges.
He's been charged with break and enter and theft, possession of stolen property, and theft of a motor vehicle.
Gundersen was in custody Friday.
His charges stem from these reported offences.
On Aug. 13, Shawnigan Lake RCMP received a complaint of a B&E in progress. A vehicle had been driven into the Cobble Hill Market, and an automated teller machine was stolen.
On Sept. 10, at about 12:45 a.m., North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP received a report of an alarm at the Co-op Gas station at 281 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan. Police arrived and discovered cigarettes had been swiped.
Then, at about 8:50 am, North Cowichan/Duncan cops were told a vehicle had been stolen from a Duncan home, sometime in the past 24 hours, Stuart says.
Investigation later led to Gundersen, who was arrested and charged.
RCMP still want any public information about these crimes, or any others.
Contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Your identity to Crime Stoppers remains private, and could lead to a cash award if your information leads to an arrest, recovery of stolen property or the seizure of illicit drugs.