Media Releases

Yesterday at about 3:30pm an off-duty Saanich Police officer witnessed what he thought was a break-in at a residence in the 4200 block of Cedar Hill rd. He immediately intervened and detained the male suspect while calling for assistance.  

The off-duty officer, a 12 year veteran, remained with the suspect until on-duty Patrol officers arrived on scene. Officers then saw the suspect throw items away at the time of his arrest.

Upon retrieving the items,  there was found to be three separate containers of a crystalized substance believed to be crystal methamphetamine. There was also a coke can which was belived to have GHB inside it.

Investigation by on-duty Patrol officers revealed that there had been no break-in to the residence.

The suspect, a 34 year old male Saanich resident who is well known to police, was arrested and released to attend court in the near future.  A significant quantity of drugs were recovered and charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking are being considered.



On January 8th at about 11:30pm, a fire was reported at Frank Hobbs school on Haro road.

A person, gender unknown, was seen tampering with the dumpster outside the school. They were seen to lgnite something in the bin and then flee.

The bin, later found to be a recycle bin, became fully involved and was extinguished by Saanich Fire Department.

A Police Service Dog was used to track from the scene, but the suspect managed to escape.


* unknown race or sex

* 5'9"-5'11"; 16-20 years

If anybody knows anything about this arson they are encouraged to contact the Saancih Police Department at 250-475-4321 or Crimestoppers.



Last evening, just before midnight, Saanich Police were called about a 4 year old child who had sustained serious head trauma. The Saanich Police were contacted by the RCMP after having been called by Victoria General Hospital staff.

Emergency Room staff suspect that the injuries were assault related. The child is a 4yr old male who is a Saanich resident. He is presently in Intensive Care and is described as criticlly ill.

Given the seriousness of the injuries, Saanich Police Detectives and Forensic Investigators became involved overnight.  Today, the Saanich Police Family Protection Unit and Youth investigators are also involved.

Saanich Police notified the Ministry of Children and Families last evening. MCF Social Workers are also involved in the investigation.

Investigators have been at a residence in the 1800 block of McKenzie ave overnight and remain there today.

No arrests have been made and the investigation continues today.




On Sunday, January 9th, at about 6:40 pm, a robber armed with a large knife entered the Shell Station at 322 Burnside Road and demanded money.

The lone employee was approached by a male and a large knife was brandished in a threatening manner.  After obtaining a quantity of money, the robber then fled the area on foot.

Patrol officers responded promptly and established containment in the area. A Police Service Dog was requested and began to track the suspect away from the gas station.


* Caucasion male; 5'11"

* clean shave

* long winter jacket with the hood up

The Saanich Police are seeking information about this crime. If you know who anything about this crime please contact the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 or Crimestoppers.



The Saanich Police would like to thank the public and the media for helping reunite an elderly Chinese gentleman with his family last evening.

At about 2pm yesterday, the Saanich Police were contacted by a concerned resident about the wandering senior. The gentleman was found wandering in the area of Cordova Bay rd at Blenkinsop rd.

Communication was made difficult given that the man was from China. Some neighbours in the area tried to help, but the specific dialect was found to be unusual.

Investigators managed to learn that he was from the Shanghai area and he was here visiting his son and daughter in-law. They owned a construction company, but he did not know the name.

The Patrol Sergeant then spent a lengthy amount of time driving the streets in the Mt. Douglas and Cordova Bay neighbourhoods trying to find something familiar for the senior.

As the dinner hour approached, a request was made to publicize a photo and description of the senior to try and get him home. Meanwhile, the Sergeant and the lost senior went to enjoy a cup of geen tea at a local restaurant.

Almost immediately after the publicity began, a family member contacted the Saanich Police headquarters. The senior was reunited with a request that he be provided with the name, address and phone number of family members for future walk-abouts.




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