Media Releases

Saanich Police Youth Officers are seeking public assistance in locating high-risk missing youth Robyn Coker-Steel who has not been in contact with anyone from her home since December 27, 2019.

Robyn is 18 years-old, identifies as a Metis female, is 5’3” tall, weighs 150 lbs, has brown hair, brown eyes and was last seen wearing pink and white camo pants and a dark blue hoody.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321.



Robyn Coker Steel


File 20-1321


On Saturday, January 18, 2020, the Saanich Police closed off vehicle access to Mount Douglas Park while they investigated the discovery of a body. Access was closed between approximately 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

The death is not considered suspicious, there are no concerns for public safety and the investigation has now been turned over to the BC Coroners Service.


Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

In early December 2019 the Saanich Police began receiving reports of several small fires throughout the Municipality. This prompted immediate action from Saanich Police Detectives and a media release was issued to the public for their awareness on December 12th.

One of these fires was inside a dumpster in an underground parking lot in the 1500 block of Cedar Hill X Road. Another occurred was inside a residential building complex in the 1000 block of Cloverdale Avenue. In total five fires were investigated from December 6th to December 20th.

On Sunday December 22, 2019 Detectives located and arrested Justin Dorey, 34, whom they believed was responsible for these fires. Dorey remains in custody and is set to appear next in Victoria Court on January 9, 2020 for charges related to Arson.

“There have been no further fires reported in Saanich since December 20,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. “While the motive for these fires is not clear at this time, we are very pleased to have this person in custody, as the randomness and frequency of these fires was very concerning to investigators.”


Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

At approximately 10:45 pm on December 28, 2019 Saanich Police officers attended Uptown Mall for a report of a stabbing. They learned that a security guard from Uptown Mall had confronted a suspected shoplifter leaving Wal-Mart. At some point during this interaction, the male suspect slashed the security guard on the arm and then fled the scene on a bmx style bicycle. The injury the guard sustained was serious but not life threatening. Police are still investigating this incident and awaiting CCTV footage.

*Update* December 30, 2019: The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, fair complexion, short dark hair, wearing glasses and a red hat, dark clothing, carrying a black backpack and riding a bike (bmx style).We are seeking any witnesses that may have been in the area of Uptown Mall on Saturday December 28 around 10:30 pm that either saw the incident or the suspect, to please contact the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

*Update*January 10, 2020: The following photo is being released via CCTV footage of the suspect involved in this file. If you have any information on the identity of this person, please contact the Saanich Police or Crime Stoppers.

File 19-31903.

PHOTO 19 31903 media release

Several witnesses assisted Saanich Police last night after they witnessed a driver speeding, crash, and then attempt to leave the scene.

Shortly before 10:20 p.m. last night a motorist driving near Mayfair Mall in Victoria saw a white Toyota sedan pass them at a high rate of speed. As they continued and approached the Saanich Fire/Police Department, they saw the same vehicle again, but now it was sideways across the highway, had sustained damage, and all of the airbags had been deployed.

The vehicle in question then started to drive away, however additional witnesses called police and continued to follow the vehicle until it stopped a short distance away on the off-ramp at McKenzie Ave.

Saanich Police officers arrived on scene and located the driver who cooperated with investigators. While the exact series of events leading up to the collision are still being investigated, police believe alcohol was a factor in this single-vehicle incident.

“We would like to thank the actions of all the witnesses involved, “said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. “They clearly believed the driver’s actions posed a serious risk to the public, and they took the appropriate steps by calling the police and then remained on scene to speak to investigators.”

File 19-31316


Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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