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Over the last few days, police have received several reports of counterfeit $100 Canadian bills being passed in stores. The suspect or suspects are making small value purchases and paying with a $100 bill. The bills are counterfeit but are convincing enough at first glance, that merchants are accepting them as tender. The suspect gets change back and leaves with legitimate money and the purchase. It is only after the suspect is gone that the merchant realizes the bank note is a fake.

The picture below is of one of the fake bills where the transparent areas have been cut out of legitimate bills of lesser value, and then taped or glued into a forged bill:

Bank Note

Below is a close up of the vertical transparent panel that clearly shows the number 10 repeated throughout. If it was a legitimate $100 bill, that number would be 100:

Bank Note Panel

And you can see the transparent maple leaf has clearly been cut out and adhered to the bill:

Bank Note Maple Leaf

The Bank of Canada provides excellent information on the various security features included on all bank notes. Follow this link to learn more about it:

https://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/audience-specific-resources/general-public/

And if you do receive one of these counterfeit bills, put it into an envelope and call police.

As a result of our plea for information regarding Mr. Sidor’s death and his missing belongings, a number of community members have contacted investigators with valuable information. And as a result of this, Mr. Sidor’s missing backpack, shoes and socks have been recovered in the area.

Investigators continue to work diligently on this file and are reconstructing Mr. Sidor’s movements over the 2 days prior to his death. We are still in need of information though and ask that if you know something or saw something, please contact us.

“Support from the community has been tremendous and we want to thank all those who have taken the time to contact us” said Sgt. Julie Fast, Public Information Officer for the Saanich Police.

VIIMCU’s Information Line is 250-380-6211, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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On Saturday, August 17, 2019, just before 9am, Saanich Police responded to a report of a man laying unresponsive outside a home at the intersection of Crease Avenue and Wascana Street. The man was confirmed to be deceased by emergency personnel and due to the nature of his injuries, his death is suspicious.

The area around where the man was discovered has been cordoned off and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) has taken over conduct of the investigation. They will be working closely with detectives from the Saanich Police General Investigative Section and Forensic Identification Section, other specialized units from across the region, and the BC Coroners Service over the coming days.

The investigation is in its early stages as investigators continue to work to confirm the man’s identity and his cause of death. It is expected that officers will be in the area, with it cordoned off, until sometime tomorrow.

“This is a residential area, close to several businesses, the Galloping Goose Trail and the Trans Canada Highway. It is very likely that someone from the area or passing through, saw something of value to this investigation. If you were in the area between 6am and 9am yesterday morning, we want to hear from you. Additionally if you were driving through at that time and have dash cam video, we would like to view it” said Sgt. Julie Fast, Public Information Officer for the Saanich Police.

VIIMCU’s Information Line is 250-380-6211, or to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Investigators from the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit and detectives from Saanich Police are continuing work on the investigation into the suspicious death of a man who was found in the driveway of a home at Crease Avenue and Wascana Drive.

One of the first priorities of the investigation was to identify the man. Late yesterday, after extensive work, his identity was confirmed to be Andrew Michael Sidor, a 30 year old man from Victoria. Mr. Sidor’s family has now been notified of his death.

“Our sincerest condolences go out to Mr. Sidor’s family and friends. We will continue to put all necessary resources into investigating how and why he died, to bring some level of closure to those who loved him” said Sgt. Julie Fast, Public Information Officer for the Saanich Police.

With his identity known, officers have been able to track some of his movements prior to his death and have obtained surveillance video from the Rock Bay area of Victoria of Mr. Sidor on Thursday, August 15th. Mr. Sidor was wearing the same clothing in this video, as he was found in at the time of his death. However police have not recovered his backpack, nor his shoes.

We believe these two items may provide valuable insights into Mr. Sidor’s death and are appealing to the community for help in locating them. We have included still photos from the video surveillance of Mr. Sidor, showing him wearing his backpack and shoes.

  •       The backpack is described as being all black, with possibly some reflective or shiny material on the shoulder straps.
  •       The shoes are described as white, or light coloured, lace up runners.

Sidor

Backpack

Runners

If you find these items, we ask that you call police immediately. Please do not touch them or move them. Additionally, we are asking for anyone who had contact with Mr. Sidor between August 15th and the morning of August 17th, to call us.

VIIMCU’s Information Line is 250-380-6211, or to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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At about 11pm on July 18, 2019, a 31 year old woman was walking home through Rutledge Park when an unknown man wrapped his arms around her upper body from behind.  The man didn’t say anything and released the woman when she kicked her leg back towards him.  The man immediately fled the park towards Cloverdale Avenue.

The woman remained in the park until police arrived, including a K9 team, and searched the area.  The man was not located though.

The woman was physically uninjured and has since been supported by Victim Services.

Despite efforts by police, the man remains unidentified.  He is described as being Caucasian, 6’0” to 6’3”, skinny, with messy hair and scruffy facial hair.  He was wearing dark pants and a Mexican style knit blanket sweater with black and grey stripes.

If you have information that can help locate this man, please call the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 or to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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