COMOX VALLEY, B.C. – A young man was caught in the act as he was rifling through a vehicle in Cumberland on Dec. 27.
The suspect was caught by a citizen in the 2500-block of Kendal Avenue.
He was held at the scene until police arrived.
Mitchell Brian Klody has been charged with theft under $5,000 and assault.
The Comox Valley RCMP Crime Reduction Unit is continuing the investigation, as there may be additional victims of theft who have not yet reported to police.
Klody remains in custody pending his next court appearance.
In other RCMP news from December:
Break and enter in Comox
Sometime between 6:00 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Dec. 6, the garage at a home on the 1500-block of Dogwood Ave in Comox was broken into.
The suspect(s) pried open the door and stole several items from inside the garage.
The stolen items include: a Honda generator and Titleist golf clubs.
The Integrated Forensic Identification Section is assisting with this ongoing investigation.
On Dec. 8, a woman reported that she received a phone call from an unknown suspect claiming that her Mastercard had been used fraudulently.
The suspect claimed he was working with the RCMP and requested that she send $15,000 worth of iTunes gift cards.
The woman called the police to report the attempted fraud.
The Comox Valley RCMP reminds residents that if they are approached to use iTunes cards as a payment of any sort, they are very likely be the target of a scam.
For more information regarding current frauds & scams, click here.
Lost and found in Seal Bay Park
On Dec. 27, a woman reported that she was lost somewhere within Seal Bay Park in Courtenay.
Police Dog Services and Comox Valley Search and Rescue went to the park where the woman was quickly located by Hammer, the local Police Services Dog.
“The woman was in good health and good spirits – an overall success,” an RCMP release said.
Break and enter at Courtenay business
On Dec. 12, a break and enter was reported at a business on the 300-block of 11th Street in Courtenay.
The suspect(s) removed glass from the door at the business, entered, and stole a laptop computer.
Investigators were assisted by the Integrated Forensic Identification Section at the scene.
Thieves target unlocked vehicle on Christmas Day
On Dec. 25, a female suspect entered an unlocked vehicle parked on the 2300-block of Mansfield Drive in Courtenay.
The suspect stole a Canadian passport and some vape juice.
Surveillance footage has been obtained and investigators are working to identify the suspect.
If you have any information regarding any of these incidents, or any other crime, please contact the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321.
If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Comox Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at comoxvalleycrimestoppers.bc.ca.
When reporting through Crime Stoppers, you never have to identify yourself or testify in court, and you could receive a cash reward for your information.