Media Releases

June 9, 2020

 

Saanich Fire and Saanich Police responded to a truck on fire in the 600 block of Ridgebank Crescent at 5:45 a.m. on June 6, 2020. The truck was completely destroyed by the fire and another vehicle nearby received some damage as well.

 

“This fire is being treated as suspicious in nature and detectives from our General Investigative Section are working on the case.”Any witnesses who may have seen anything suspicious in that area leading up to or after the fire are urged to contact Saanich Police at 250-475-4321.

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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On May 28, 2020, at approximately 4:40 p.m. an officer with the Integrated Road Safety Unit was conducting enforcement on foot at McKenzie Avenue at Borden Street and attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. As the officer was directing the driver into the parking lot, the driver suddenly accelerated and sped off westbound on McKenzie Avenue toward Quadra Street. The vehicle was described as a black Mercedes SUV.

Just minutes later, a Saanich Police officer in the area came across a two-vehicle collision on McKenzie Avenue at Rainbow Street. One of the vehicles involved was a black Mercedes SUV, of which multiple witnesses on scene told police that the driver had fled on foot toward Rainbow Park. Additional officers attended and were able to locate and arrest the driver, a 38-year-old Langford man, who is now facing four criminal and four motor vehicle act charges including Dangerous Driving, Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample, Flight from Police, Driving While Prohibited, No Driver’s Licence, Fail to Remain at the Scene of a Collision, Red Light at Intersection and Fail to Obey Traffic Sign. It was confirmed that the Mercedes was the same vehicle that had fled from police.

The driver of the other vehicle sustained serious injuries, but they are not believed to be life-threatening.

Eastbound traffic on McKenzie Avenue was closed for over four hours as police remained on scene to investigate.

“We are asking the public to check their dashcam footage if they were in the area of McKenzie Avenue between Borden Street and Rainbow Street between the time of 4:35 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. If you believe you witnessed anything related to this event, please contact the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 and refer to file 20-11586.”

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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May 29, 2020

File 20-11586

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

Public Information and Communications Officer

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250-475-4337

May 13, 2020 

File 20-6047

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

Public Information and Communications Officer

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20 6047

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.”

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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