Boat burglar nabbed off View Royal

Arrested man is also a suspect in boat break-in in Esquimalt

A nautical thief picked up Sunday morning in a stolen boat is believed to be the same man who broke into a boat in Esquimalt just hours earlier.

West Shore RCMP responded to a call of a poorly navigating boat in Portage Inlet along the 100-block of the Island Highway in View Royal.

When police hailed the $50,000 vessel, the man aboard claimed he had borrowed the boat to go fishing.

The View Royal Fire Department assisted police in boarding the vessel, and they determined a propeller had been damaged. The boat had come to a sudden halt after the propeller wrapped around a line, injuring the suspect in the process.

While the Victoria man was being treated for minor injuries, RCMP officers recognized the man as a person of interest from another nautical caper – a Jan. 27 boat break-and-enter captured on video by a vigilant citizen in Esquimalt.

Darrell Martin Tychuk, 23, faces charges related to boat theft and for breaching several court-ordered conditions, including a prohibition on operating a motorized vehicle.

Further charges are pending in the Esquimalt break-in, said VicPD Const. Mike Russell.

dpalmer@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Two to hospital after University of Victoria sailing mishap

Wind gusts capsize boat of recreational club sailors

Victoria’s deaf community advocates for different sign languages to be recognized on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

Transport Canada announces funds for pollutant clean up in Victoria Park, removal of abandoned boats

Contaminants at Laurel Point Park will be removed starting at the end of September

Volunteers gather in Metchosin for B.C.’s 1st ever search and rescue joint training

Around 200 volunteers came out for the three-day training program

Moon Lantern festival to light up Gordon Head

Saturday night festival celebrates harvest moon, fall season

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

5 things to do this weekend in and around Greater Victoria

Sooke Apple Fest returns, Saanich lights up with lantern festival and anarchists unite for downtown book fair

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Most Read