Media Releases

June 25, 2020

 

At 2 pm on June 21, 2020, Saanich Police received a report of a theft from a motor vehicle at Saanich Centre (3995 Quadra St). A long time female Saanich resident finished shopping and returned her cart to the designated area. When she returned to her vehicle (only 25 yards away), her purse and belongings had been stolen. Items included but were not limited to: Canadian currency, personal identification, iPhone, sunglasses, keys and jewelry.

 

Of note, a valuable pair of diamond earring were taken. They were of high sentimental value to the family.

 

“Officers from our Patrol Division are investigating this case and we are working hard to recover the items,” stated Kowalewich. “We are reminding residents to always lock your valuables up, no matter how long you may be away from them.”

 

If anyone has information about this crime, please contact the police or Crimestoppers.

 

Detective Sergeant Damian Kowalewich

June 24, 2020

 

On June 23, 2020, at approximately 4:12 AM, Saanich Police Patrol Division responded to a report of a home invasion in the 3900 block of Carey Rd.

An unconfirmed number of persons entered the home without permission and caused non-life-threatening injuries to a resident inside.

Members from the Saanich Police Detective Division are conducting the investigation and currently speaking with those involved. The investigation is ongoing and resources are being utilized from the Patrol Division and Forensic Identification Section.

Saanich Police are asking for assistance from the public in relation to this crime. “Those who were in the area during the time of the crime are asked to call our information line”, stated Kowalewich. Moreover, if you have video footage from the area (including residential, vehicle, etc.), please contact us at the Saanich Police Information Line (250) 475-4356.

 

Detective Sergeant Damian Kowalewich

June 17, 2020

 

Saanich Police are looking to speak to anyone in the area of the CIBC bank in the 2900 block of Tillicum Road last night, June 16th 2020 at approximately 6:20 p.m.

Officers attended the area to reports of a man brandishing a knife and who had just smashed a window at the bank. There were several witnesses on scene that spoke to police however we believe there may be others witnesses who had a direct encounter with him.

“We believe there may be at least one person in the area of the bank who had a direct interaction with this man but left before police arrived. Investigators are trying to determine the events leading up to the arrest of this man.”

A 59-year-old man is currently in custody and facing charges of possession of weapon for a dangerous purpose and mischief under $5,000.

                                                                                                            

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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June 19, 2020

 

On June 18, 2020 a swimmer on Prospect Lake reported to police that there appeared to be a vehicle submerged in the water just past the boat launch off Echo Drive.

This morning members of the Saanich Police Dive Team and Forensic Identification Section attended the lake to try and locate this vehicle and determine if there was anything else inside the vehicle prior to retrieval.

The vehicle was a Fiat 500 2dr car which turned out to be reported stolen back in March of this year. Underwater video was captured that confirmed there was nothing else suspicious in or around the car.

With the assistance of the Dive Team members, Totem Towing was able to pull the car from the lake back up onto the boat launch ramp where it was then towed away. Saanich Fire assisted with the cleanup of a small amount of fluids that had leaked but there were no obvious signs in the water of any further leaks. The investigation is on-going and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Saanich Police directly or anonymously through the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 “While it is currently unknown how long the vehicle was in the water, we believe it has been submerged for quite some time.”

 

                                                                                                            

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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June 17, 2020

 

On June 14, 2020 just before 2:00 p.m. a patrol officer witnessed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed in the 3800 block of Carey Road in Saanich. Once the officer stopped the vehicle, the driver got out of his car and began questioning the reason for the stop. Upon being told that he was being stopped for speeding the driver then ran. The officer followed and was able to watch as he ran down into a nearby dead-end stairwell. Once other officers arrived to help out, they were able to talk to and convince the male to walk up the stairs, where police took him into custody without incident.

The driver was in breach of a court release order, did not possess a driver’s licence and the vehicle had been reported stolen to the West Shore RCMP approximately 20 minutes prior out in Colwood.

In addition to charges for the possession of stolen property and breach of release order, the 30-year-old driver is also facing a charge for obstructing a police officer and will appear in court later this year.

“We do recover several stolen vehicles each year however not usually within 30 minutes of it being reported stolen. The vehicle was returned to the registered owner the same day.”

                                                                                                            

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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