Five men and one woman were arrested and a large amount of stolen property recovered after police searched two Nanaimo residences last week.
Nanaimo RCMP’s Street Crimes Unit searched a home in the 400 block of Lambert Street shortly after midnight Thursday, which was followed up with a second search later that day on a residence in the 700 block of Albert Street.
Dozens of bicycles, many of which had been disassembled, were seized along with a projector, electric scooters, laptops, guitars, amplifiers, televisions and scuba diving equipment. A small quantity of methamphetamine was also found.
Some of the property recovered was allegedly stolen during recent break and enters to local schools. Much of the property stolen from schools, however, is still outstanding, according to police.
Eighteen people were initially detained. Six were arrested on charges relating to the search and recovery of stolen property.
All of suspects, ranging in age from 21 to 56, were released on promises to appear in Nanaimo provincial court in late August.
“Both of these homes have essentially been dumping grounds for criminals with stolen property,” said Const. Gary O’Brien in a press release. “As a result they have caused considerable distress to surrounding homes and neighbourhoods. The execution of these search warrants should disrupt the flow of criminal activity and put criminals on notice.”