On Wednesday (April 6) afternoon, a 31-year-old Comox man entered the Walmart Supercentre on Johnston Road in Port Alberni and stole two Xbox game consoles worth over $900.
The man left the store with the XBoxes, got into his black 2006 Honda Civic and attempted to make his way eastbound out of Port Alberni.
The local RCMP was immediately notified and through dedicated patrols members located the man and his female companion as they were travelling quickly over the Hump on Highway 4. Both the man and woman were arrested without incident for theft under $5000.
The woman was released without charges. The man was later released on a promise to appear for court June 8, 2016. He has also been banned from the Port Alberni Walmart Supercentre.The quick response by the local RCMP members resulted in the recovery of the stolen property and the arrest of the man responsible.
One of the identified 2016-17 RCMP detachment priorities for Port Alberni is the reduction of property crime.