Media Releases

Since January 1st, 2011, the Saanich Police have seen a serious and sustained spike in theft from autos.

In January 2011 there was 122 reported autos entered. By comparison, January 2010 there were 77. That is an increase of roughly 60% over last year.

Areas that have received the greatest number of complaints include:

- Tillicum road and Burnside road, including the Tillicum mall

- Cook street and Maplewood road area

- McKenzie ave and Quadra street, including Saanich Centre

- Shelbourne street and Elnido road area

Items taken include wallets, purses, identification, small electronic devices, tools, computers, cell phones, clothing and others.

Currently involved in this investigation are Patrol and Bike Squad officers, Forensic Investigators and the Street Crime Unit. All investigative avenues, including the use of Bait Cars, are being explored.

We are seeking the public’s assistance in solving these crimes. If somebody knows who may be doing this please contact the Saanich Police Department or Crimestoppers.

11-2267

 

 

CRD REGIONAL CRIME UNIT

MEDIA RELEASE

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

RCU ARREST 3 ON CREDIT CARD SHOPPING SPREE:

On Wednesday afternoon members of the Regional Crime Unit arrested two males and a female in the act of using stolen credit cards at the Real Canadian Superstore in Langford. The three appeared to be taking turns entering the store and making purchases when they were arrested in the parking lot without incident. When police contacted the owner of the credit cards she had not yet discovered that they had been stolen. Follow-up investigation determined that her vehicle had been entered earlier the same afternoon while it was parked unattended at Anderson Cove in East Sooke Park. Thieves had removed the credit cards from the victim’s wallet but left the wallet and purse otherwise undisturbed, apparently hoping to delay the discovery of the theft and cancellation of the credit cards.


A 39 year old male has been charged with Fraud, Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, and Possession of Break In Instruments. A 32 year old male prolific offender has been charged with the same offences as well as breaching a condition of his probation. Both males are well known to police, and have been held in custody to appear in Western Communities Court on Thursday, January 27. A 20 year old female has been charged with Possession of Stolen Property, and was released on a Promise to Appear with a court date of April 7.


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.

RCU 11-09

 

On January 17th, a report was received by the Saanich Police regarding a work vehicle entered.

Many items including various electronics were removed from the vehicle. Later it was discovered that the following items were also missing:

- Shaw ball hat

- Work vest

- Work clip board

- Employee business cards

The theft occurred sometime over the weekend. The vehicle was entered by forcing the passenger side door lock.

If you have concerns about the validity of someone representing Shaw, people are encouraged to contact Shaw and confirm the employee's identity.

Saanich Police are receiving an increase in the number of reported autos entered in the municipality. If anybody has any information on who may be doing these crimes they are encouraged to conact the Saanich Police. The public is reminded once again not to leave anything of value in your vehicle.

11-1236

 

Yesterday, Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit officers did intersection enforcement at Saanich road and Blanshard street. The number one violation noted- cell phone use! A total of 23 tickets were issued.

Saanich Police TSU members did intersection enforcement yesterday from 1-3pm at the intersection at Saanich road and Blanshard street. A uniformed officer stood at the corner and watched traffic for infractions.

The most common offences were people not wearing their seatbelts and drivers using a cell phone. Some drivers were ticketed for both using a cell phone and not wearing a seat belt! Other infractions were for yielding or light violations.

"Many other offences were seen but all our officers were busy issuing tickets at the time," said Staff Sergeant Terry Parker NCO in charge of the TSU.  

The fine for driving and using a cell phone is $167.00 as is the fine for not wearing a seat belt.

The Traffic Safety Unit plans to increase focus this coming month on cell phone use while driving.

 

 

Back on August 8th, 2010, just after 2pm a taxi cab was reported to have struck a building on Tillicum road at Regina ave. Saanich Police Patrol and Traffic Safety Unit officers arrived on scene to find a cab had come to rest against the outer wall of a residence.

The cab was reported to have travelled through a red light, into the intersection, over the sidewalk, through a fence and into thebalcony of a residence.

The driver sustained some injuries and was unconcious at the scene. He was transported to hospital by BC Ambulance Service.  Luckily, nobody else was injured at the time.

The original investigation revealed that the cab may have been travelling at a high rate of speed on Regina avenue prior to striking the town-house complex.

A lengthy and complex investigation by the Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit, Collision Reconstruction Team and Forensic Investigators ensued. This led to two search warrants, a mechanical inspection, and the seizure of video from the cab.

The mechanical inspection of the cab revealed only minor defects, none of which could have contributed to the cause of the accident.

Charges of Impaired Driving by Drug and Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle were recommended by investigators and were approved by Victoria Crown Counsel. A summons has been issued for the driver identified as a 27 year old male Saanich resident.

The taxi company has been fully cooperative during this investigation.   

10-19001

 

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