A prolific property crime offender has been linked to at least two daytime break and enters to residences that occurred in Saanich in early August 2014.
The accused, Thomas Frederick GREEN, was identified as a person of interest as a result of forensic evidence that was located at one of the residences in question. Officers were able to arrest GREEN as a result of the evidence. A search warrant led officers to a stash of property that was later determined to have been stolen from another residence. Forensic evidence found on the recovered stolen property also directly linked GREEN to the stolen property.
Charges have been approved including two counts of Break and Enter, as well as one count of Possession of Stolen Property.
On August 12, a residence in the 1600 block of Mortimer Street was entered between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. A window screen and window were removed which allowed the suspect to enter the house. Property, including a laptop computer, camera, e-reader, jewellery, and a wallet, were stolen from the residence.
On that same day, a residence in the 1500 block of Derby Road was entered. In this incident, a rear sliding glass door was used as the point of entry and it is believed to have been left unlocked. A large cache of property was found within the home that had been moved from various locations within the home. It is believed that the home owners may have interrupted the break in upon their return home, and the suspect fled without taking any property.
“Both of these cases have been linked by using forensic evidence that was seized, either from the scene, or from the recovery of the stolen property” Sgt. Steve Eassie said. “Our Forensic Identification experts were instrumental in solving these cases”.
GREEN has been held in custody on the charges and is expected to appear in court later in September. GREEN has 14 previous convictions for Break and Enter.
File 2014-15776 / 2014-15786
Sgt. Steve Eassie #158