Saanich car thief investigated for Alberni car thefts

A man accused of stealing more than 10 vehicles in Nanaimo may have been responsible for vehicle thefts in Port Alberni as well.

A man accused of stealing more than 10 vehicles in Nanaimo may have been responsible for vehicle thefts in Port Alberni as well.

Jesse Savidant, 24, was arrested and placed in custody by Saanich Police on Dec. 31, 2013 after being found driving a stolen car, RCMP Const. Gary O’Brien said.

There were 34 vehicles were stolen in the Nanaimo area in December, and another 10 stolen in the first eight days of 2014.

Savidant is believed to be responsible for at least 10 of those thefts, as well as a number of other criminal offences across central and south Vancouver Island. He could be facing criminal charges in 17 different categories.

Police investigations into Savidant’s activities are underway in Port Alberni, Parksville, Nanaimo and Saanich, O’Brien said.

Cars were stolen using a variety of methods: smashed window; punched locks; a door forced open or the car just taken if it was unlocked.

“Investigators believe (Savidant) would allegedly steal a car, use it to commit a criminal offence then drive it to another town,” O’Brien said. “Once at he arrived at his destination he would allegedly steal another vehicle and start the crime cycle over again.”

Savidant remains in custody with his next court appearance set for Jan. 15, 2014.

Just Posted

Team Harrison prevails in Port Alberni men’s bonspiel

Annual bonspiel drew 20 teams from out of town

Wedding plans derailed following City of Port Alberni’s train announcement

Five wedding parties are scrambling to find alternate transportation arrangements to McLean… Continue reading

Kids help Alberni Aquarium build rockfish luminary for next exhibit

Swimming For Change takes over in time for spring break

Spring fishery closures mulled for south coast

Fewer fish are returning to rivers and more conservation needed, say feds

One dead, two seriously injured in Hwy 4 crash west of Port Alberni

A man has died following a single-vehicle collision west of Port Alberni… Continue reading

Mount Arrowsmith skaters get tips from Olympic athlete

Larkyn Austman visited Port Alberni for winter carnival

A ‘warm embrace’ for grieving parents at funeral of seven young fire victims

Mourners offered love and support to Kawthar Barho, mother of seven children

Indigenous leaders, politicians say Trans Mountain report flawed

The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline a second time

UPDATE: Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Legislation to protect B.C. farmland comes into effect

Regulations enhance food security, encourage long-term farming

Have you heard the legend of Shuswaggi, the Shuswap Lake monster?

Witness accounts as old as 1904, and as recent as 2018, place a creature in the lake’s depths

Credit card fraud steals $50,000 from Victoria businesses: police

Crime Reduction Unit investigating several frauds costing several businesses over $50,000

UPDATE: B.C. ticket holder winner of $25.9-million Lotto Max jackpot

Next draw set for Mar. 1 with an estimated jackpot of $10 million

B.C.-based ‘Team Tardi’ brings home gold in junior curling worlds

In a 9-4 victory over Switzerland, a Langley-based curling team earned its 2nd straight world title

Most Read