RCMP detachment (Troy Landreville, Vista Radio staff)
A Comox Valley man is facing more than 25 criminal charges.
This, after a lengthy investigation by the Comox Valley RCMP Street Crimes Unit.
Earlier this year, the Comox Valley Street Crimes Unit launched an investigation after a spike of break and enters in the valley.
Investigators identified a suspect, recovered some stolen property, and made an arrest.
A lengthy investigation after the arrest led to many more charges and more stolen property.
“The Comox Valley RCMP Street Crimes Unit is committed to targeting prolific offenders in the Comox Valley to keep our community safe,” said Cpl. Jill Swann of the Comox Valley RCMP Street Crimes Unit.
“In this case, investigators were able to easily identify some of the recovered property because victims provided detailed descriptions and serial numbers during their initial report. This was particularly helpful as the investigation progressed.”
In December, 2019 thieves were busy targeting storage lockers in condominium buildings when a mandolin, a valuable family heirloom, was stolen.
During the course of this investigation, the mandolin was located and returned to the owner.
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Thirty-one-year old Michael Leighton is facing 27 criminal charges, including break and enter, possession of stolen property, possession of an identification document, mischief under $5000, possession of break and enter tools, trafficking in property obtained by crime, possession of identification information, and possession of a controlled substance.
He remains in custody.