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'Phone a friend' helps solve break-in, recover stolen items

The teenaged son of a Saanich family that was robbed Sunday helped police quickly solve the crime.

The family home, located in the 1600-block of Mortimer St., was broken in to sometime in the afternoon on Dec. 2 while the family was out for the day.

Upon return around 5:45 p.m., and noticing they had been robbed, they called Saanich police.

While an officer was en route to the house, the teenaged son phoned a friend to share the bad news that his Playstation 3, some games, controllers and a laptop had been stolen.

That friend, as luck would have it, was hanging out at Mount Douglas secondary with a 16-year-old male who was showing off his recently acquired Playstation, games, controllers and laptop. He passed that information along over the phone.

When the attending officer arrived at the Mortimer Street house, the son shared his tip with the cop, who went to Mount Doug and found the teens, in possession of all the stolen items.

"It's kinda neat how this worked out," said Sgt. Dean Jantzen. "Apparently it was really that honest. Our patrol (officers) interviewed these teens, and they believe it was just the one kid involved (in the break-in and theft)."

A 16-year-old Saanich teen was arrested. He was charged with break and enter with intent.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

 

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