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Repeat offender nabbed in Kelowna break-in released from custody hours before: RCMP

Justin Wayne Collins.

A suspect Kelowna RCMP call a repeat offender was in trouble with the law hours after he was released from custody following a court appearance.

Justin Wayne Collins, 46, was charged in relation to theft and mischief offences in Kelowna, May 22 and May 23, according to an RCMP media release.

Then on the evening of May 24, a glass door was broken by somebody who entered a retail store in the 1200 block of Cannery Lane. When police arrive, employees had identified Collins as the suspect through a CCTV feed and found him nearby with stolen items. Police took him into custody.

RCMP said he committed the May 24 break and enter hours after his release from custody following a court appearance.

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“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,” Kelowna RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Michael Gauthier said in the release. “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 will be held in custody over the weekend until his next court appearance on Monday.

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