Media Releases

July 10, 2020


Suspect quickly arrested after police respond to a break and enter behind Tillicum Mall Wednesday night.

On July 8, 2020, at approximately 10:30 pm Saanich Police received a call of a theft that had just occurred at a Saanich Fire Department temporary hall at Pearkes Recreation Centre. Officers determined that entry had been gained into an enclosure on site and a hydraulic rescue pump from the fire engine had been stolen.

A Victoria Police K-9 unit arrived to assist and was successful in locating the suspect near the area of the Trans-Canada Highway and also locating the pump nearby in Cuthbert Holmes Park. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and later released on a charge of Break and Enter with a court date later this year.

“We would like to thank VicPD for their assistance on locating the evidence and suspect on this file and we were pleased to be able to return the important piece of fire rescue equipment back to the Saanich Fire Department.”


Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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June 9, 2020


Saanich Police investigators have now been able to identify the suspect involved in the assault in Brydon Park on Tuesday.

We would like to thank everyone in the community who came forward to provide information to assist in identifying the suspect. As charges have not officially been sworn in the courts and no arrest has been made as of this writing, no further information about the suspect will be released at this time.

The investigation continues and we will provide the public with any updates that we are able to share.

“This case highlights how police agencies work with the public to solve crime, make communities safer and hold people accountable to the law.  Fortunately, the victim in this case did not sustain any serious injuries and it was very heartwarming to see the community rally around and support this person for speaking out against what they believed was the mistreatment of an animal.”


Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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July 6, 2020


A woman apprehended under the mental health act is now also facing criminal charges stemming from an incident this morning at an apartment complex in Saanich.

On July 6, 2020 at 7:15 a.m. Saanich Police received a report of a woman causing a disturbance from her apartment in the 3200 block of Eldon Place. Police learned that this woman had made threats to burn down the building, had incendiary devices in her hands, made threats to cause harm to people in the building and then additional threats were made toward police involving a weapon when they arrived on scene.

As there was an immediate concern for the safety of both the public and the woman, police contained her apartment and evacuated nearby residents out of their suites. The Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team was called along with negotiators to assist in taking this woman into custody peacefully. Negotiations continued for several hours however they were not successful, and decisions had to be made in order to resolve this as safely as possible for everyone involved.  At 12:30 p.m. tear gas was deployed, and she was taken into custody by police without further resistance. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance under the grounds of the mental health act, did not receive any injuries and was treated for exposure to the gas.

“Police are still investigating the criminal charges in this case as they continue to gather information from the residents of this building and the events that transpired.  Police have responded to almost 40 calls for service involving this woman since May of this year, almost all of which have been related to checks on her mental health. The use of any force option is a last resort for police and can be applied in situations where communication is not effective and safety concerns exist.”

The charges being considered for the 37-year-old Saanich woman include Uttering Threats, Mischief to Property, and the Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose.


Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

July 8, 2020


Saanich Police are investigating an assault that took place yesterday in Brydon Park and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the person responsible.

On July 7, 2020, at 4:15 p.m. the victim in this incident was walking in the park when his attention was drawn to a man with a dog. The victim approached this man and confronted him in the way in which he appeared to be treating his dog, telling him to stop doing it.

This man then physically assaulted the victim and then fled the park carrying his dog. There were several people in the park who told police that they saw this man get into a car and drive away, returning shortly after to collect another one of his dogs.

Police are looking to identify this suspect, described as:

  • Caucasian man, 5’10”, heavyset, dark short hair, grey t-shirt, jeans, black shoes, tattoo on right bicep.
  • Vehicle described as a dark blue Volkswagen Golf 4-dr sedan.
  • The dog was described as a medium-sized with a black spot on one eye.

“We are hoping that this person comes forward identifies himself to police however at this point he has not. As a result, we are looking for the public’s help in identifying him as well as to check the welfare of both of his dogs.”

Anyone with information can contact the Saanich Police Department directly at 250-475-4321 or anonymously through Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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June 30, 2020


In May 2020, the Saanich Police initiated an investigation into prohibited devices that were being imported into Canada. The devices, Conducted Energy Weapons, were believed to have been purchased online and exported from China. These devices were intercepted in the mail system and turned over to the Saanich Police for investigation.


The person importing the devices had a significant history of drug trafficking/possession charges, along with several weapon-related offences. Investigators also made observations which they suspected were consistent with illegal drug trafficking.


On June 25, 2020, 46-year-old Randy Smith of Saanich was arrested with the assistance of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team. A search was carried out of his vehicle and residence, which resulted in the recovery of the illegally imported prohibited weapon, along with items consistent with drug trafficking. Investigators seized several drugs which had an estimated street value of $10,000. There were also weapons seized from the residence, which included a crossbow, brass knuckles, batons, switchblades, a medieval mace, and conducted energy weapons, which are all prohibited devices in Canada.


Smith was held in custody on three charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and two counts of Possession of weapons contrary to a lifetime firearm/weapon prohibition.



Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer


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