Stolen van leads to two arrests, including suspect caught stealing kids’ backpacks

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP recovered a stolen van Monday that was loaded with stolen property, and quickly made a pair of arrests.

A truck-rental company reported to police that a lock box had been broken into during the night to get keys to steal the van.

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Officers located the van in the driveway of a house suspected to be a hub for distributing stolen property. They saw a 23-year-old woman running from the van when they arrived and took her into custody.

A 37-year-old suspect was caught soon after while attempting to steal children’s backpacks from a school playground.

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