Media Releases

A 32-year-old man is facing charges of possession weapon for a dangerous purpose and possession of a controlled substance yesterday after an arrest on a BC Transit bus.

On March 31, 2020, at approximately 3:00 p.m. a witness observed a man with a gun tucked into the waistband of his pants. The witness called police as the man then got on a transit bus on Shelbourne Street and started heading south.  Saanich Police notified BC Transit and they were able to stop the bus near Hillside Mall in Victoria. The man was quickly identified and safely taken into custody. The gun was located in his waistband and was determined to be a black pellet gun that imitated a handgun. A small quantity of drugs was also located on him.

“Even though the weapon in this instance was a pellet gun, investigating officers were satisfied that this person carried it in a public place and for the purpose of committing an offence,” said Cst. Anastasiades. “It was the quick actions of all involved in this file that helped it arrive at a successful conclusion.”

The man was later released from custody with a court date set in Victoria.

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Saanich Police and Fire Departments responded to a series of fires overnight in the area of Camosun College. The most serious fire involved three vehicles stored ina maintenance compound at Lansdowne campus of Camosun College. This fire is actually within the Municipality of Oak Bay, and the damage is extensive.

Saanich fire investigators and Saanich Police Detectives are working on this case.

Early investigation has determined the fire to be suspicious in nature. Further reports were received of other fires in the 3100 block of Service Street near Lansdowne Middle School. Garbage cans were set ablaze, and police are seeking assistance from any persons who may have encountered or witnessed anything suspicious in the area between approximately 5 am and 7 am this morning.

Investigators believe the suspect(s) may have been walking through the area during the commission of the offences. Anyone with security cameras or doorbell cameras are requested to review their footage to see if persons of interest could be identified. 

The area includes homes in the Camosun College, North Dairy, and LansdowneSchool area. Given the early morning hour, investigators believe pedestrian traffic in the area would be minimal.


The Saanich Police recognizes the challenging times in our community. The safety of our residents and personnel remain the top priority of the Saanich Police. 

To ensure the safety of the public and our personnel, our front counter service will be unavailable until such time the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer provides direction that would deem this service safe again. This will be effective 6pm on March 20, 2020. 

As part of our efforts to ensure that we are able to maintain operational readiness during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking members of the public to utilize our non-emergency line. 

To Report an Incident: 

  • To report an emergency or a crime in progress, always call 9-1-1
  • Our non-emergency line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To
    report a non-emergency incident, please call 250-475-4321
  • Should you require an Officer for service, please advise the dispatcher or  officer if you have flu-like symptoms, have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 

“We thank you for your patience and understanding. Our intercom system will remain active at the front doors and our building will be staffed by SPD personnel. Anybody who seeks refuge from an in-progress situation will be granted access,” stated Sgt. Kowalewich. 

The Saanich Police would like to remind everyone that COVID-19 is serious, it affects people of all ages, and it is a global pandemic.

We were very concerned to see people gathering at parks in Saanich over the week-end, as they disregarded the posted signs indicating they were closed. We can and must do better.

There is growing concern that young people can suffer serious health impacts if they contract the virus, not to mention the devastating impacts associated to the spread of the virus from them to others who may be more at-risk.

We are following the direction and orders of the Provincial Health Officer and are reminding everyone of the following:

  1. Social Distancing must be followed, as it is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak.

  2. Currently, ALL playgrounds in Saanich are CLOSED and people are reminded to avoid them. They are not safe places for you or your families to gather at.

  3. In addition, all outdoor facilities such as lacrosse boxes, tennis courts, basket and sports courts are also now closed.

We all need to do our part to get through this together. These measures may seem inconvenient, however they are temporary and will remain in place until further direction is provided.

Earlier this week, Saanich Police officers arrested 32 year old Tighson Laughren in relation to a February 14th violent home invasion investigated by Victoria Police.

Previous media releases from Vic PD: invasion/

Details of Tighson Laughren arrest:

On Sunday, March 15th, 2020 at about 2:30 p.m., a 9-1-1 disturbance call was received from an apartment building in the 200 block of Hampton Road.

Upon arrival, Saanich Police officers were busy speaking with three individuals in the ground level suite when two additional people fled out the back door and were spotted by K9 officer Const. Morin and his Police Service Dog, Grimm.

32 year old Tighson Laughren and a 26 year old woman in his company were quickly taken into custody by the K9 team for having a number of arrest warrants.

Inside the apartment, police found and seized a loaded .22 calibre Mossberg tactical-style long rifle which was lying on the floor, under the kitchen table. The rifle was loaded with eleven .22 rounds and was ready to fire, with the safety off.

Laughren was turned over to Victoria Police officers and Saanich Police are continuing to investigate these five individuals for firearm and drug offences.

Photos of the seized rifle & magazine and Police Service Dog Grimm are attached.


PSD Grimm Saanich Police K9

22 calibre Mossberg rifle copy

Loaded magazine from rifle

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