Regional Crime Unit Re- Arrests Poppy Donation Box Thief After Two Business Break and Enters

On February 5, 2014 the Regional Crime Unit arrested 51 year old Darcy Bruce MORGAN following the execution of a search warrant at an apartment in the 800 block of Craigflower Road.

MORGAN had been the subject of an RCU investigation in November 2013, where he was charged and convicted in the theft of a Royal Canadian Legion poppy donation box. MORGAN was sentenced to 3 months in jail on November 28, 2013 for the theft. He was released on January 28, 2014 and placed on probation.

Three days later on January 31, 2014 a business Break and Enter occurred at the Government liquor store located at 3611 Shelbourne Street in Saanich. The suspect smashed the window with a rock and stole a case of Captain Morgan’s rum from a display near the door. The suspect was captured by store security video and although he had placed a garbage bag over his head and clothing; his face was captured in several frames.

On February 2, 2014 a business Break and Enter occurred at the Mister Sweeper Vacuums located at 2244 Sooke Rd in West Shore. The suspect smashed the window with a rock, entered the store and stole a vacuum cleaner. The suspect and a get-a-way vehicle were captured on video during the crime.

Investigators from the Regional Crime Unit viewed the videos and immediately recognized MORGAN and his vehicle as the subjects in the surveillance footage. MORGAN was arrested without incident on February 5, 2014. He is currently charged with 2 counts of Break and Enter contrary to section 348(1) of the Criminal Code and 1 count of Failing to Comply with a Probation Order contrary to section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code. He has been remanded in custody and will next appear in court on February 13, 2014. Of note MORGAN had also previously been convicted of a Break and Enter to the same liquor store almost exactly a year earlier on January 28, 2013.

The Regional Crime Unit is an integrated unit comprised of police officers from the Saanich Police Department, Oak Bay Police Department, West Shore Detachment RCMP as well as Provincial RCMP. Since 2008 the Regional Crime Unit has been pursuing its mandate of proactively targeting the region’s most prolific criminal offenders.

S/Sgt. Steve Morgan

CRD Regional Crime Unit

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