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At about 11pm on Friday, December 10th, a male passenger in a vehicle was assaulted on Douglas st near the Red Lion Inn.

Reports of an assault in progress were received by the Saanich Police Communications Centre just after 11pm.  Upon arriving, Patrol officers found one male who had sustained a facial injury and was bleeding profusely.

Suspect description:

  • Caucasian male
  • Twenties
  • Six feet tall, heavy build
  • Dark, wavy hair

The victim and his wife, had been driving north bound in their vehicle when their way was obstructed by a group who was crossing the road from the Red Lion Inn. They honked to get them to move off the roadway.

The male suspect became agitated and began banging on the hood of the vehicle. He then approached the victim in the passenger seat and began throwing punches. One of them struck the victim in the nose, possibly breaking his nose.

If anybody witnessed this incident or has information please contact the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 or Crimestoppers where you can remain anonymous



Overnight Friday December 10th and into Saturday December 11th, a region wide crime spree occurred involving several youths in an older model tan Chrysler Dynasty which was stolen. Three disturbing incidents occurred in Saanich.

Sometime overnight Friday the Smuggler’s Cove Beer and Wine store, 3837 Cadboro Bay rd, was broken into. An exterior window was smashed and several bottles of wine were grabbed. Some of the wine was later recovered and It appears that one of the bottles of wine may have also been used in an assault.

Just before 1am, a violent attack on a youth occurred in the area of Colquitz school. Three youths, two females and a male were confronted by the youths in the stolen car. The teens were threatened with a weapon and the male victim had a gold chain snatched from his neck valued at $500.

Just before 4am, the Impulse Foods on Marigold road was broken into. Witnesses heard smashing glass and males seen running. Again, a similar vehicle to the stolen car was seen in front of the store. Moments later a Patrol supervisor observed a similar vehicle and five occupants in the Carey road area. The car drove off at a high rate of speed and was lost.

At about 4:30 am, a VicPD Patrol Sergeant located the stolen vehicle abandoned in the 2100 block of Belmont rd. A police K9 track led to a residence in the 2000 block of Stanley st. A later search warrant led to the recovery of some items taken during the crime spree. Included in items recovered were wine bottles matching those taken from the Smugglers Cove store.

Given the sheer number and the complexity of the investigations, the Saanich Police Detectives and Forensic Investigators were called out to assist. They worked alongside investigators from VicPD in bringing this investigation to a successful outcome.



On Friday, January 21st,  just before 10am, a suspicious object was found on the 200 block of Durrance road. Saanich Police were called to the area and believed the item to be some type of explosive device.

The device was discovered by an area resident who was on their porperty and saw the item in the ditch area in front of the house.

The RCMP Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was contacted. As luck would have it they were already on Vancouver Island in the Nanaimo area. Given the unknown nature of the device, RCMP EOD used a robot and water cannon to 'disrupt' the device.

Forensic Examination revealed that the item was a 'look-a-like' being a foam water 'noodle' type toy wrapped in duct tape with a wooden handle.

This hoax is being investigated as a mischief. It tied up many police resources including the EOD team for most of the day.

If anybody has information on this incident, please contact the Saanich Police Department or Victoria Crimestoppers. 


Saanich Police Patrol and Street Crime Unit officers busted a marihuana grow operation in the 500 block of Sedger rd in Saanich.

A several week investigation conducted by Patrol members ended with a warrant being executed yesterday just before 11am.

Arrested were a 47 year old male and 37 year old female occupant of the residence without incident. Neither are known to police.

Located in the house was a sophisticated marihuana grow operation occupying the entire basement of the residence. Found were 243 mature marihuana plants that were up to 3’ in height and in excellent condition. Also found were another 301 miniature clones being grown to provide the next crop.

Also found was much evidence of prior harvests and trafficking related items.

Grow operations can be dangerous to neighbourhoods. There are electrical hazards in overloading circuits and very dangerous hydro meter bypasses. The heat generated, the chemicals present and the electrical hazards create fire hazards for the structures.

As well, these operations provide significant risks to first responders who may be called to the scene.

If anybody knows or suspects that there is a grow operation in their neighbour hood, they are encouraged to contact police or Crimestoppers.



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