Thief steals multiple boats, wreaks havoc on B.C. coast

Posted January 24th, 2019 by admin and filed in 长沙夜网
Comments Off on Thief steals multiple boats, wreaks havoc on B.C. coast

A bizarre crime spree across B.C.’s South Coast region last week ended in a bloody crash on the shores of Bowen Island Sunday.

Between June 29 and July 3, a 25-year-old Vancouver Island man allegedly committed multiple thefts and property crimes on Vancouver Island, Saltspring Island, the Sunshine Coast, and Bowen Island, taking police on a wild chase across the waters.

ChangSha Night Net

The Grand Theft Auto-esque crime spree began around 8:30 p.m. on June 29 when the suspect, Robert Nicholas Eriksen, reportedly stole a 16-foot fibreglass boat in Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island. He was later seen in a boat near Cowichan Bay, but police say he fled in a second boat after being spotted by police. They are not sure whether that boat was stolen as well.

Then, on July 2, the suspect docked a 27-foot Boston Whaler boat, stolen from Saltspring Island, in Sechelt. He then abandoned the boat and stole a car nearby. Police later found the boat was full of more stolen property.

The next day, police believe the male left the car in Gibsons and stole another 22-foot Boston Whaler from a Gibsons marina and drove it to Keats Island. He abandoned the boat there and stole another boat, a 19-foot Campion Explorer.

He drove the boat to Bowen Island where he crashed it into a rocky shore, causing significant damage to the boat, including a broken windshield and cracked hull.

The injured suspect then broke into a nearby home where he was later arrested by Bowen Island RCMP after the crashed boat was spotted by a concerned citizen.

“There was blood in the vessel and broken glass,” West Vancouver Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 1’s Major Justin Olsen told Global News.

Police found a small amount of methamphetamine on the man during the arrest.

“This is certainly the strangest, most unprecedented crime spree of this nature, particularly pertaining to stolen boats and the marine element, that we’ve seen here on the Sunshine Coast and we’ve heard of in the coastal communities here,” said Cst. Harrison Mohr with Sunshine Coast RCMP

“This was an unbelievable string of events that would more likely be seen in a James Bond film than around the coastal communities of British Columbia. Unfortunately the impact of this man’s actions are real. Numerous property owners are now dealing with recovering their stolen property and adding up the extensive damage done.”

After being taken to hospital for his injuries, he was taken to jail in North Vancouver where he remains in custody. He was charged Friday morning with three counts of theft over $5,000, break and enter, theft, and possession of stolen property over $5,000.

Sunshine Coast RCMP are now handling the investigation are ask anyone with information to contact them at (604) 885-2266.

Comments are closed.