Doug Allan has proof that sometimes, the system works.
When his RV business in British Columbia, CountrySide RV, was robbed and vandalized last fall, he felt demoralized and frustrated, the Cowichan News Leader, Duncan, British Columbia, reported.
First, one of his trailers was stolen from his lot, and just a few weeks later 21 RVs were damaged when a crook broke in with a crowbar and stole a bunch of TVs and stereos.
But Allan’s thankful hard work from local RCMP and Duncan’s Crown counsel office put the man responsible for the second incident behind bars.
Ross Beveridge, 46, was found guilty of breaking and entering on March 14 in Victoria.
He was sentenced to 12 months in prison, placed on probation and ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution.
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Staff Sgt. Jack MacNeill explained that while there was no video surveillance available to help with the case, police forensic identification members found fingerprints at points of entry on some of the 21 trailers targetted during the September B&E.
“And because the suspect was known to police and was in our database, we got a hit (on the prints) and he was arrested — in fact, he was identified very shortly after (the crime),” MacNeill said.
Allan was thrilled with that swift police work, and especially praised the work of Constable Blake Cross.
“He’s to be commended for his ongoing investigation and the professional way he handled everything,” Allan said.
He also thanked Crown counsellor Jody Patch and her colleagues, and the local Victims Services staff.
“They allowed us the opportunity to become part of the solution, and in this trying time, it was important to us to feel empowered and not victimized,” he wrote in a letter of thanks.
“I just feel they need to be acknowledge,” he added in an interview with the NLP.
“It’s not a perfect world out there, but when it goes right it gives you a lot of satisfaction, and the result is that I feel the system works, and it works well. (Police and court workers) get nothing but negative all the time, and these guys, they need to be propped up, not pushed down.”
Funeral Services for retail-and-manufacturing RV industry veteran Charles W. “Chuck” Schwartz will be Wednesday (July 29) in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Schwartz, 70, died Saturday morning, apparently of heart failure, while at work at Countryside RV in Yadkinville, N.C., according to his family.
During his career Schwartz worked in sales at Fleetwood Industries Inc. and Dutchmen Manufacturing Co. Inc., and co-owned northern Ohio-based All Seasons RV in the 1980s and later Family RV Center in Statesville, N.C., which opened in 2000 and closed in December.
Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., Schwartz was semi-retired due to health reasons before opening Family RV center.
”Chuck was a very, very intelligent individual who had a great grasp of the industry and what made it tick,” said David Hoefer, Dutchmen founder and former Pilgrim International Corp. chairman, a friend and associate of Schwartz.
“Chuck was as close to a brother as I ever had,” said Barry Chiron, owner of All Seasons RV in which Schwartz was a partner for many years. “It was one of the few times that there was an ideal partnership. We complimented each other’s weaknesses.”
Schwartz is survived by his wife, Carolyn; daughters Beth Morang, Jenny Schwartz and Meg Clark; son Bill Schwartz; and 10 grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Sinai Cemetery, Winston-Salem. Memorials should be made to the American Heart Association.