Port Alberni RCMP have arrested two men after a late-night home invasion.
Thomas Edward Bronson Lucas, 29, of Port Alberni was charged with break and enter, three counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 and flight while pursued by peace officer. Sean Anthony Amos, 33, of North Vancouver was charged with two counts each of break and enter and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 as well as flight while pursued by peace officer.
On March 17 at 2:18 a.m. RCMP responded to a 911 call from a homeowner after she had found a man wandering around inside her house. The family dog had awakened her and when the resident went to investigate she saw a man walking out one of the bedrooms. The man immediately exited the house and fled in a white car, which was stolen earlier in the night.
As police were responding to the call they spotted the stolen vehicle driving away from the scene with a passenger.
As police attempted to stop the car, the men tried to avoid apprehension but were located in the car south on Dundalk Avenue a few minutes later. As police approached the vehicle, the two men quickly abandoned the car and ran into the woods.
Police Dog Services attended and tracked down and arrested one of the men who was hiding in the forest. The second man was located and arrested later that morning.
The subsequent investigation lead police to learn that the duo were the suspects responsible for a break and enter into Tyler’s No Frills gas bar on Feb. 19, as well as the theft of the Ford Taurus used in the commission of that crime.
Both men were in court briefly on March 21 and will be back in Port Alberni court on April 5.