Media Releases

Last Friday evening, February 4th, just after 8pm a robbery occurred on Leslie drive near the Goose Trail.

The victim had been walking on the Goose Trail and turned onto Leslie drive when she was approached.

A male youth wearing a ski mask approached and threatened the victim with a knife. The victim initially believed it to be a joke until he then attempted to grab  her Ipod and cell phone.

The victim then hit the suspect in the chest and began to yell for help.  Saanich Police Patrol and a Police Service Dog raced to the scene and established a perimeter. The police dog tracked but no suspect was located.

An area Patrol officer briefly detained another young male found within a few blocks but he was later released.

Although the actions of the victim are laudable, attempting to fight with a robber and risking injury for small amounts of cash or electronics is not suggested.



Just after 10pm on Saturday night, February 5th, a speeding truck entered two businesses at Quadra street and Tattersall drive. One of those businesses was the constituency office of Elizabeth May.

Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit officers arrived on scene to conduct the investigation.

The investigation at the scene revealed that the vehicle was travelling south bound on Quadra street at a high rate of speed. The driver realized that he needed to make a right hand turn onto Tattersall drive. The truck lost control while braking which caused it to leave the roadway, go over the sidewalk and into the building.

The 17 year old new driver of the truck was charged with the motor vehicle act offence of ‘Driving Without Due Care and Attention’. Luckily, nobody was injured.

Damage was severe and is expected to cost thousands of dollars to repair.




This afternoon at 3:45pm, the Saanich Police were contacted by a third party who had concerns for the welfare of a resident in the 3200 block of Glasgow avenue.

Initial information provided to Communications Centre Staff was that there were concerns for the safety of a woman who may be in possession of a firearm in the residence. Uniformed Division officers responded to the scene and immediately contained the building and began evacuations.

Given the information of a firearm additional resources were requested. Saanich Police personnel involved included Patrol, the Traffic Safety Unit, Police Service Dog, Detectives and a Crisis Negotiator.

Additional resources including the Regional Emergency Response Team and the Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team were also requested. The BC Ambulance Service also stood by at the scene as the incident unfolded.

A negotiator made contact with the woman by telephone and began discussions.

At about 5:30pm, the woman exited the residence and was arrested by officers without incident or injury.

ERT officers entered and conducted a search of the residence for any firearms or other persons. Nobody else appears to have been involved and no firearms were located.

The woman, a 51 year old Saanich resident, was taken into custody and transported to hospital.  

The investigation is continuing and charges are being contemplated.



Overnight on March 2nd, the Saanich Police Department was contacted by RCMP E Div. to assist with conducting an external investigation into a police involved shooting in Surrey. Saanich Police and Central Saanich Police investigators arrived at the scene of the shooting Thursday morning, March 3rd, by RCMP helicopter.

At approximately 11pm, on March 2nd, a lethal force encounter occurred between a Surrey Detachment officer and the deceased at the intersection of King George Highway and Highway 10. The vehicle was deliberately contacted by an RCMP vehicle forcing it to the side of the road. An encounter leading to the RCMP officer discharging his firearm then occurred.  A short time before, and some distance away, the white Chrysler 300 had been stopped by another officer who observed the driver in possession of a firearm

The deceased has been identified as Adam Brian Purdie, a 28 year old Surrey resident. Purdie has a well documented history with Lower Mainland police agencies. He had been battling drug addiction issues and it is believed that recent events in his life may have contributed to a relapse.

There were two firearms recovered from Purdie’s vehicle. One was an assault style rifle located in his possession. The rifle was found to have been pointing in the direction of where the RCMP officer was located. The second firearm was a realistic replica pistol, located near to the deceased.

Investigative sections working at the direction of the Saanich Police Major Crimes Unit include the Central Saanich Police and municipal IHIT members from the Abbotsford Police, New Westminster Police and Port Moody Police services. Other units include the Lower Mainland Integrated Forensic investigators, Firearms Section, RCMP Air Support and the Technical Crimes Unit.

Currently investigators are conducting numerous interviews with those involved in this incident and witnesses. Investigators are working to establish a timeline of events and a history of what happened in the days and hours leading up to this encounter.



Some recent successes by the Saanich Police on theft from auto investigations have had a direct impact on the number of reported thefts.  Where we were receiving 8-10 per day we are now receiving only 2-3 per day.

On January 30th, a witness contacted Saanich Police about two youths acting suspiciously in the area of the 600 block of Kent road.  The two youths were found in the area by Patrol officers and were identified. Although, both were suspicious, there was insufficient evidence to arrest them for any offence.

One of those youths identified was found to have committed a recent break and enter. The 15 year old male Saanich resident, who was already being supervised by the courts, was arrested later the same day and held to appear before a judge.

On January 31st, a stolen car was reported from UVIC. On February 2nd, the vehicle was seen at the Langford Walmart by a person who witnessed the driver committing a theft from auto in the parking lot. It fled and was located at the Trans Canada and Tillicum where it was followed to the 200 block of Cadillac avenue. The driver was arrested without incident.

The 39 year old male of no fixed address, was arrested and held in custody to appear in court. He has a lengthy history of theft related offences including theft from autos.

The public is reminded to lock your vehicle and leave nothing of value. Even items such as clothing can be attractive to a thief.



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