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Repeat offender arrested in Kelowna just hours after last court date

Justin Wayne Collins was arrested for breaking and entering
A store in the 1200 block of Cannery Lane was broken into on Wednesday night around 8 p.m. The suspect, a repeat offender in Kelowna, was found and arrested soon after. (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

A repeat offender is back in custody after a break and enter.

On Wednesday, May 24 around 8 p.m., the Kelowna RCMP responded to a break and enter at a retail store that happened in the 1200 block of Cannery Lane. The suspect smashed through the front door and ran off with some items.

Before the police arrived, the employees recognized the suspect on a live CCTV camera feed and were able to make out the location and see the items they stole. The employees told the police where the suspect was, where he was caught and arrested and the stolen items were recovered.

The suspect, Justin Wayne Collins (46) is known to police and in custody again after being charged with breaking and entering. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, May 29.

This crime was committed just a few hours after a court date in which he was dealing with theft and mischief charges and more from incidents that happened on May 22 and 23.

“Justin Collins is a prime example of a repeat offender who has shown he is simply unwilling to stop committing crime and victimizing our businesses and downtown core, ” said Cpl. Michael Gauthier. “A collaboration between attuned business owners, the police and the BC Prosecution Service has resulted in this individual remaining in custody over the weekend whilst seeking further detention.”

Collins has more than 420 police files.

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Jordy Cunningham

About the Author: Jordy Cunningham

Hailing from Ladner, B.C., I have been passionate about sports, especially baseball, since I was young. In 2018, I graduated from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops with a Bachelor of Journalism degree
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