Ladysmith man arrested for crime spree

Police believe Tyler Desmond Fong responsible for series of Chemainus break-ins

Police are hopeful a one-man crime spree in Chemainus is over with the arrest of a Ladysmith man.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP invested more than 1,000 staff-hours into the resolution of a series of break-ins that have plagued homes and businesses in the Chemainus area since January.

The results of that legwork pointed to one location in Ladysmith and a second in Cedar, where police seized evidence tied to three Chemainus break-ins, as well as two others that occurred elsewhere in North Cowichan.

Tyler Desmond Fong, 31, of Ladysmith, was arrested and today appeared in Duncan provincial court where he was charged with five counts of break-and-enter and two counts of possession of stolen property.

According to an RCMP media release, Fong was already in custody when he was arrested for these crimes. He had been on parole for “numerous serious property crimes and home invasion” when that parole was revoked. A Canada-wide warrant was issued and he turned himself in to Vicotira to serve the remainder of his term.

“Inspector Ray Carfantan, Officer in Charge of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP would like to thank the business owners and residents in the greater Chemainus area for their cooperation and patience during this investigation,” the media release states.