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May 13, 2020 

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An increase in property crime over the last two months led Saanich Police to a home in the 900 block of Cloverdale Avenue, where they located drugs, weapons and over $25,000 in stolen property.

On Thursday May 7, 2020 officers from the Saanich Police Street Crime Unit, with the assistance of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team, executed a search warrant on the home and took three people into custody.

The stolen property included items such as a motorcycle, bicycles, and power tools that were all connected to break and enters and theft from vehicles across Greater Victoria.  Officers have already contacted most of the owners of the stolen property and are in the process of returning the recovered items.

During their investigation officers witnessed drug trafficking behavior coming and going from the home and to areas in Greater Victoria, including the encampment at Topaz Park and along the 900 block of Pandora Avenue.

Charges have not yet been sworn on any of the persons involved, as the investigation is on-going.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to return the stolen property to their lawful owners,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. “In addition to the stolen property and drugs found in the home, the sheer volume of weapons found inside was also concerning. The items included replica firearms, a compound bow, and over 20 edge weapons such as hatchets and homemade blades.”

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

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Shortly after 5:30 am on Friday, May 1, 2020, Saanich Police responded to an alarm at the Canadian Tire Auto Service Centre at 3993 Cedar Hill Road.

Once they arrived on scene it became evident that someone had broken into the building. The property owners were able to provide quick access to the CCTV footage, where the descriptions of two male suspects were taken down by the investigating officer. The video also showed that the suspects had stolen tools and electronics and concealed them in a bag before they fled the store.

As the officer remained in the area to write up the report, he noticed two individuals riding down Shelbourne Street on bicycles that he immediately recognized as the suspects from the CCTV footage. The officer stopped and arrested both for break and enter. A search of one of their backpacks revealed all of the stolen items from the store.

“A keen eye and a little luck on being in the right place at the right time certainly helped in this case,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. “The stolen items have been returned to the store.”

Two men, 53 and 22, both well known to police for property crime offences, were charged with break and enter. They were released later that day on a multitude of conditions and a court date later this year.

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

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On April 22, 2020 just after 4:00 p.m. police attended to the intersection of Quadra Street and Union Road to investigate a potentially serious collision involving a vehicle that turned left in front of another vehicle.

Fortunately, neither driver was injured however police noticed some signs of impairment on the driver who had turned left and caused the collision. That driver failed a roadside breath test which then gave the officer grounds to believe that the driver was impaired by alcohol. As such, that driver received an immediate 90-day driving prohibition and their vehicle was impounded for 30 days. Police also issued a violation ticket to the driver for failing to yield while making a left turn. The other vehicle had to be towed due to the extensive damage caused by the crash.

“Collisions at intersections have the potential for very serious injuries, which fortunately was not the case here. This driver is now facing significant consequences and will not be driving on our roads for some time now.

On April 30, 2020, at 2:00 am a Saanich Police officer was parked on the side of the road when a passing vehicle swerved and nearly struck his police car. Suspecting the driver of that vehicle might be impaired, the officer stopped the car in the 3400 block of Douglas Street and while speaking to the driver the officer noticed a small package of drugs in plain sight. The driver was arrested, and a subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of drugs believed to be fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, drug packaging materials and also a conducted energy weapon. The driver also failed a roadside sobriety test, which resulted in a 24-hour driving suspension and vehicle impound.

 

On April 2, 2020, at 8:00 pm Saanich Police stopped a vehicle in the same area related to a weapons complaint. The driver was arrested, and a search of that vehicle located several drugs believed to be methamphetamine and cocaine. They were packaged and ready for sale on the street, along with over $1000 in cash. That driver is facing charges related to drug trafficking and driving while prohibited.

 

“The details of both files indicate that they were actively out selling drugs,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. “It’s a good day for police when we are able to stop the trafficking of drugs, especially when it comes to the seizure of fentanyl, as we are all aware of the devastation this drug has caused in our province.”

 

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On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, Saanich Police Patrol and Street Crime officers executed a search warrant on a home in the 3500 block of Shelbourne Street in relation to a bicycle that was stolen from a break and enter into a parking garage not far from this location on April 7, 2020.

Evidence related to the break and enter was located during the search, as well as a dirt bike that was discovered to be stolen, and a small utility trailer that had been reported stolen earlier that day.

Two men aged 60 and 22 years-old were charged with Break and Enter, Theft Under $5000 and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 and are set to appear in court in July.

 

"The Saanich Police have noticed an increase in property-related crime over the past several weeks and have taken additional measures in deterring and investigating these offences," said Cst. Markus Anastasiades, Public Information and Communication Officer.

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