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20-year-old Nanaimo man turns himself in after gifts, stockings stolen Christmas Day

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(Aired Dec. 26, 2018) Heartless thieves have ruined christmas for a family in Nanaimo. As they lay tucked in their beds in the wee hours of Christmas morning, a couple of Grinches were ransacking their home -- taking stockings and wrapped gifts from under the tree. Nadia Stewart reports. – Dec 26, 2018

A 20-year-old Nanaimo man wanted in connection with a brazen Christmas Day theft has now turned himself in to police after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Nanaimo RMCP say Justin Redmond Feusse was ‘feeling the heat so much’ he turned himself in Thursday at their detachment.

Feusse was wanted in connection with a theft of gifts and even stockings on Christmas Day.

Police say the items were stolen while a family slept in their nearby bedrooms.

Resident Joseph Lanz, his wife and two sons were asleep when he heard noises from downstairs. He got up and found his fridge door ajar, cupboards ransacked and the front door open.

Their wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree and stockings were all stolen from the home on Stonewater Drive as well as the keys to their truck.

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On Thursday, Nanaimo RCMP issued an arrest warrant for Feusse. He was wanted on two counts of break and enter and theft. The first count stems from a January 2017 break and enter to a home located on White Road in Cedar, a small community southeast of Nanaimo. The second count is in connection with the Christmas Day theft on Stonewater Drive.

Among the stolen items were two iPhone 10s, Xbox games, clothing and gift cards. The thieves left behind a pair of men’s shoes and took Lanz’s loafers.

Investigators said they believe the suspects entered through an unlocked kitchen window and left through the front door.

There is no description of the second suspect.

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The investigation into this incident is continuing. Investigators are also looking at other unsolved break and enters throughout Nanaimo to see if there is any connection to this individual,  Const. Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP said in a release.

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