Media Releases

At about 9:30 this morning, a complaint of a male threatening staff members at the Motor Vehicle Branch was received by the Saanich Police. The dispute was a result of the suspect’s vehicle having been impounded in the previous days.

The male used some threatening language to staff and stated that he was going to go to the impound lot, where his vehicle was located. The threat included some reference to weapons.

Patrol officers were dispatched to the impound lot on Tennyson ave, in advance of the male arriving. Officers positioned themselves covertly at the lot to await the suspect’s arrival.

A short time later, the male suspect arrived in a vehicle and given the nature of the threats was challenged by officers with firearms. A 32 year old Saanich resident was taken into custody without any incident.

Officers searched the vehicle the suspect arrived in at the impound lot and located some knives.

A charge of Uttering Threats is being suggested to Crown Counsel. The male suspect has been released on a Promise to Appear and an Undertaking with conditions.

Last Friday, March 18th a male was arrested for peering into residential windows at St. Michael’s University school.

Approximately five complaints had been received by the Saanich Police regarding a male peering into windows at residences at SMU. The investigation dates back to January 2011.

Recently, a witness noticed a male lurking near the dorm and obtained a license plate for his vehicle, which was provided to the Saanich Police.

Investigators from the Street Crime Unit and the Patrol Division, pursued the investigation vigorously. Surveillance was conducted and the male suspect was observed by officers to be peering into dorm windows at the school.

The suspect, a 51 year old Saanich resident, was charged with one count of Voyeurism pursuant to s.162 of the Criminal Code. He was released on a Promise to Appear and an Undertaking with conditions that includes:

- Not to be within a two block radius of St. Michael’s University

- To abstain from communicating with any female under the age of 16 years except in company of an adult

- To report to a Bail Supervisor

This is a crime that would be much more difficult if the public ensured that blinds or drapes were closed in their bedrooms or other areas of their residences. Good exterior lighting with motion sensors also deters these types of crimes.

Saanich Police Detectives are seeking a male suspect committing indecent acts in Saanich and Victoria. What is unique is that the suspect appears to target only women of Asian descent and usually at bus stops. The suspect exposes himself and then proceeds to masturbate in the victim's presence.

Occurrences date back to November 2010 and number up to a dozen. Many of the incidents have occurred at bus stops along the Shelbourne corridor. On more than one occasion, the bus stop on Shelbourne st. near Feltham has been targeted.

The suspect is described as:

- white male, 20-25 years

- thin to medium build, 5'6"-6'0" in height

- has worn tan/plaid coloured board shorts on more than one occasion

Detectives caution younger women of Asian origin in our community to be mindful and do the following:

  1. Try to travel in pairs when using the bus system and stick to well lit bus stops.
  2. If you encounter the suspect, move to a safe location and call 911.
  3. Try and obtain the best description, including clothing and direction of travel for the suspect.

Detectives believe that there are more victims in our community. If you have been a victim of this suspect or know someone who may have been a victim you are encouraged to contact the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 and speak with Cst. Leslie or Sgt. Mashford.

Yesterday, the Red Robbin restaurant general manager contacted the Saanich Police as one of their debit pads had gone missing.

The pad was found to have been taken after 9pm the prior night. There are no suspects in the theft.

The pad is described as a Moneris Solutions, VeriFone model #VX 670.

Retailers and restaurants in our community are reminded that fraudsters are at work targeting PIN pads. The best way to avoid fraud or tampering is to ensure that the pads are fastened to counters and an anti-tamper sticker is affixed to the case. Ensure that all staff are educated in avoiding theft or tampering issues with your debit pads.

If anybody knows anything about this theft or similar crimes, they are encouraged to contact the Saanich Police. If you are a small retailer or a restaurant in our community and you want information about avoiding these types of incidents, please contact Cst. Petra Dornblut of the Saanich Police Crime Prevention office at 250-475-4321.

 

 

CRD- Regional Crime Unit:


Member Releasing:     S/Sgt. Gary SCHENK (250-883-4389)

On Thursday afternoon members of the Regional Crime Unit executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 800 block Jolly Place in Saanich and recovered a large quantity of suspected stolen property.  The investigation began two days previously when a member of the Victoria Police Department received information from a male complainant who believed he had found his stolen laptop computer posted for sale on line. The male had been the victim of a theft approximately one week earlier when his vehicle was broken into overnight in the 1500 block of Hillside Avenue. He continued to monitor various used property websites until he found his laptop listed, and reported the relevant information to police.

The Regional Crime Unit initiated an investigation which culminated in the application for a search warrant.  The subsequent search resulted in the recovery of the complainant’s stolen laptop computer as well as some other property stolen from his vehicle.  Police also seized a quantity of other items including electronics, bicycles, luggage, and identification and are continuing the investigation to attempt to identify corresponding owners.  One female and three males found inside the residence were arrested.  The males are not believed to be related to the investigation at this time and have since been released.  24 year old Natasha Jean DAY has been charged with one count of Possession of Stolen Property Under $5000, and appeared in court on Friday, March 18.  Additional stolen property charges are anticipated as the investigation continues.

The Regional Crime Unit is an integrated unit comprised of police officers from the Saanich Police Department, Oak Bay Police Department, Central Saanich Police Service, West Shore Detachment RCMP as well as Provincial RCMP.  Since February 2008 the Regional Crime Unit has been pursuing its mandate of proactively targeting the region’s most prolific criminal offenders.

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