Police arrest suspect in string of break-ins

Lance Wilbert Henry charged with two counts of break and enter following reports of 45 break-ins over four-month period

  • Apr. 6, 2016 7:00 p.m.

Police have arrested a suspect in a string of break-ins along Saanich’s Shelbourne corridor.

Saanich Police have investigated 45 reports of residential break-ins in the Shelbourne Street and University Heights area between December 2015 and March 2016, with entry gained through a patio door.

Investigation led police to Nanaimo, where a suspect was arrested March 23 with the help of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Lance Wilbert Henry has been charged with two counts of break and enter and two counts of possession of stolen property. He was remanded in custody until his next court appearance April 14.

“Mr. Henry is a federal parolee from the Lower Mainland who appears to have spent a large portion of his life in prison.  When Mr. Henry is out of jail he seems to support himself through criminal activity,”  said acting Sgt. Jereme Leslie.  “Our officers are still combing over the significant amount of information and evidence they’ve collected and we’re expecting a number of more charges to be forwarded to crown counsel.”

Saanich Police dedicated a number of resources to the crimes and were able to track down some of the stolen property and identify the owners.