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B.C. man arrested 3 times in 3 days for stolen vehicles, home invasion

Seth Packer faces several charges after a string of attempted robberies, car crashes, and home invasion
A man faces robbery, attempted robbery, theft and break and enter charges after three days of incidents in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

A Victoria man has been arrested for third consecutive day after multiple car jackings and now a home invasion.

Police were called on Tuesday, April 23 around 7:30 p.m. for a home invasion in progress, where a man broke into a home in the north Jubilee neighbourhood while the resident was there.

The resident followed the suspect when he left. While fleeing the area, the man attempted to get into an idling and occupied vehicle parked in the 1800-block of Fort Street, but the driver didn’t let him in. VicPD subsequently found and arrested the suspect, identified as Seth Packer, in the 1900-block of Richardson Street.

Packer already faced charges of attempted theft of motor vehicle, two counts of robbery, one count of theft of motor vehicle, a count of failing to stop at the scene of an accident and one count of failing to comply with conditions after two arrests the two consecutive days prior.

On April 21, he was arrested in the 2900-block of Shelbourne Street for attempting to steal an occupied car.

The next day, he was accused of pushing a woman and taking her car in the 1000-block of Johnson Street, causing several car crashes before attempting to take a second vehicle.

Packer was held in custody by police on April 22 but was released after his court appearance in the afternoon of April 23.

Charges of break and enter, attempted robbery and attempted theft of a motor vehicle were sworn the morning of April 24.

“After the same individual caused two motor vehicle collisions, attempted to steal several vehicles and was successful on one of the attempts, and is now entering into peoples’ homes without consent, all in a matter of days, it is a miracle that no one has been seriously hurt or injured,” VicPD Chief Del Manak said in a news release. “Repeat offenders like this put a significant strain on our resources and pose a risk to community safety. We will continue to work within our means to prevent further harm to the public, which includes advocating for Mr. Packer to remain in custody. Ultimately, that decision is up to the courts.”

Packer is being held in custody for his next court appearance.

Police will not share further details as the matter is before the courts.

The subject was Packer was brought up during Question Period at the Legislative Assembly of B.C. on Wednesday, April 24.

“Under this soft-on-crime Premier, catch-and-release means you can commit multiple carjackings in a row,” said MLA Shirley Bond. “Released with conditions, he predictiably violated them the next day.”

“If that doesn’t describle catch and release, I don’t know what does,” Bond added.

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth had the chance to respond.

“This side of the house is going to continue to ensure that we get changes made to the Criminal Code of Canada that expands the ability to stop bail from individuals who engage in violent acts,” Farnworth said.

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