A man is in police custody in connection to an arson and theft that happened at the Campbell River Walmart on Oct. 1st.

The 27-year-old local will remain in custody as the extensive investigation continues. 

Charges will be sought for:

  • Arson / Disregard for Human Life           
  • Theft over $5000                           
  • Mischief over $5000                        

The maximum sentence for arson is life imprisonment and sentences for theft and mischief each carry a maximum ten year sentence.

Stolen in the heist were thousands of dollars of consumer electronics such as phones and iPads.

“This was and continues to be a group effort for our detachment,” said Inspector Jeff Preston. 

“The professionalism and skill with which our officers have conducted this investigation has provided the opportunity to hold the correct person accountable.”

The small blaze which ended up creating damages in the millions of dollars has temporarily shuttered one of the largest retailers in Campbell River for the Thanksgiving long weekend and there is no set re-opening date at this time.

If you wish to report a crime, please contact the Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221, in an emergency please call 911.