Media Releases

On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, a senior citizen called to report that she believed someone had tried to scam her over the phone.

The scammer said that he was with the Regional Health Authority and was talking to seniors in the community about vitamin pills and the many benefits of vitamins. He then recommended that she purchase some natural vitamin B products.

Savvy and now aware that this was likely a scam, she told him “aren’t all vitamins natural?” The scammer then hung up.

The caller was described as a male with a very strong accent and called from a 289 phone extension traced back to Hamilton, ON. On call back, the phone number was out of service and an online query showed this phone number was related to similar scams where the caller reported to be from the Regional Health Authority,

Island Health confirmed that they do not contact people to sell products over the phone and encourages anyone who receives this type of solicitation to notify police.

While this 90-year-old senior was too clever for this scammer and did not provide him with any personal or banking information, she called the Saanich Police in an appeal to warn other seniors who might fall victim to this type of scam.


For any attempted scam/fraud, area residents that have not lost any money and have not provided personal or financial information (relating to a fraud or scam), who simply want to inform the appropriate organizations, can report it to the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre (CAFC) by calling 1-888-495-8501.

Further information for how to protect yourself from scammers can be found here:



Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

**UPDATE* Missing Youth RObyn Coker-Steel has been located and is safe. Thank you.**

Saanich Police Youth Officers are seeking public assistance in locating high-risk missing youth Robyn Coker-Steel who has not been in contact with anyone from her home since December 27, 2019.

Robyn is 18 years-old, identifies as a Metis female, is 5’3” tall, weighs 150 lbs, has brown hair, brown eyes and was last seen wearing pink and white camo pants and a dark blue hoody.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321.



At approximately 10:45 pm on December 28, 2019 Saanich Police officers attended Uptown Mall for a report of a stabbing. They learned that a security guard from Uptown Mall had confronted a suspected shoplifter leaving Wal-Mart. At some point during this interaction, the male suspect slashed the security guard on the arm and then fled the scene on a bmx style bicycle. The injury the guard sustained was serious but not life threatening. Police are still investigating this incident and awaiting CCTV footage.

*Update* December 30, 2019: The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, fair complexion, short dark hair, wearing glasses and a red hat, dark clothing, carrying a black backpack and riding a bike (bmx style).We are seeking any witnesses that may have been in the area of Uptown Mall on Saturday December 28 around 10:30 pm that either saw the incident or the suspect, to please contact the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

*Update*January 10, 2020: The following photo is being released via CCTV footage of the suspect involved in this file. If you have any information on the identity of this person, please contact the Saanich Police or Crime Stoppers.

File 19-31903.

PHOTO 19 31903 media release

File 20-1321


On Saturday, January 18, 2020, the Saanich Police closed off vehicle access to Mount Douglas Park while they investigated the discovery of a body. Access was closed between approximately 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

The death is not considered suspicious, there are no concerns for public safety and the investigation has now been turned over to the BC Coroners Service.


Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

In early December 2019 the Saanich Police began receiving reports of several small fires throughout the Municipality. This prompted immediate action from Saanich Police Detectives and a media release was issued to the public for their awareness on December 12th.

One of these fires was inside a dumpster in an underground parking lot in the 1500 block of Cedar Hill X Road. Another occurred was inside a residential building complex in the 1000 block of Cloverdale Avenue. In total five fires were investigated from December 6th to December 20th.

On Sunday December 22, 2019 Detectives located and arrested Justin Dorey, 34, whom they believed was responsible for these fires. Dorey remains in custody and is set to appear next in Victoria Court on January 9, 2020 for charges related to Arson.

“There have been no further fires reported in Saanich since December 20,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. “While the motive for these fires is not clear at this time, we are very pleased to have this person in custody, as the randomness and frequency of these fires was very concerning to investigators.”


Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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