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Last week, Saanich Police made two separate traffic stops within 24 hours that led to the recovery of a stolen vehicle, drugs, and prohibited weapons.

On November 18, 2019 just before 2:30 p.m officers of the Traffic Safety Unit were patrolling in the 3400 block of Saanich Road in a police vehicle equipped with an automated licence plate reader (ALPR). The system alerted them to a stolen vehicle. They arrested a male driver and female passenger at the scene, which then led to the discovery of drugs believed to be fentanyl and cocaine, as well as bear spray and a taser.

The next day, just before 1:30 p.m., one of the same officers was again patrolling using the ALPR, this time in the 4000 block of Quadra Street. A male driver was arrested for driving while prohibited, drugs and weapons were discovered by police, this time believed to be fentanyl and crystal methamphetamine, along with bear spray and brass knuckles.

In the first instance, the vehicle was seized and later returned to the registered owner. The driver was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act and charges are being investigated for the drugs and weapons.

The second driver was charged for Driving While Prohibited under the Motor Vehicle Act, the vehicle was impounded and the charges related to the drugs and weapons are also being investigated further for the consideration of charges.

There does not appear to be any connection between the two traffic stops.

“The ALPR technology continues to be an effective investigative tool that our officers are using to improve road safety, reduce crime and increase patrol efficiency,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades.


Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

**UPDATE** Both Valerie and Jackie have been located and returned home safely. Thank you to the public for your assistance and creating awareness on this matter.

The Saanich Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating two identical female twins that both suffer from dementia and muscular dystrophy. They are both shy, have limited verbal capabilities and were last seen together today at 1245 pm at Tuscany Village at Mckenzie Avenue and Shelbourne Street.

Jackie Wilson and Valerie Nolin are described as Caucasian, 54 years old, 5'4", dark hair and both walk with a distinct hunch. They were both wearing large black sunglasses. Jackie was wearing a black coat, black pants and white shoes while Valerie was wearing a light purple coat, blue jeans and white shoes.

If you see Jackie or Valerie, please contact the police.

File # 19-28996

Cst. Markus Anastasiades #256

The Saanich Police are warning residents of an aggressive new phone scam that is happening this week. In some cases, the scammers have changed their call display to show “Saanich Police Department” or display the SPD main phone number of “250-475-4321”.
The callers are claiming that a breach has occurred with the recipient’s SIN number and are asking to verify the last 3 digits of the SIN card. The scammers then threaten the person that they owe money because their card have been compromised.
The scammers are being extremely aggressive and demanding that people withdraw money from their bank accounts and then deposit it into local Bitcoin machines. ITunes cards (and subsequent numbers) are also being requested from residents. To date, none of the residents have reported losing any money.
If the recipient expresses concern to call or attend the Police department to ensure validity, the scammers continue to impersonate the police and threaten to arrest them as soon as they attend the police department.
"The Saanich Police will never call you and ask you to withdraw money or direct you to Bitcoin machines," stated Detective Sergeant Damian Kowalewich. "If you suspect that a scammer has called, document the caller ID number and hang up. Do not provide any personal information to the caller. We are also asking residents to share details of this recent scam with any vulnerable persons in their lives.”
If you suspect that you have received a call from one of these scammers please report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
D/Sgt. Damian Kowalewich
Saanich Police received a bear sighting in the 5700 block of West Saanich Rd. Please keep your pets and garbage inside. Conservation has been notified.
At approximately 11pm on Halloween night, a patrol officer came upon a fight in progress on Lansdowne Rd at Aldridge St in Saanich. The officer came upon a fracas in the roadway involving a group of people who fled upon police arrival.
The investigation by the Uniform Division officers located a victim, a 20-year old male resident of Victoria, who attempted to intervene in a physical fight between two females. He was then assaulted by another male who stabbed the victim with a screwdriver. The victim was transported to hospital with injuries including cuts and scratches.  He also sustained one significant puncture wound that penetrated his lung. The victim remains in hospital with a collapsed lung, and is being treated. He was listed in critical, but stable condition.
The suspect, a 24-year old male from Saanich, was arrested at the scene. The Saanich PD K9 unit was able to locate what is believed to be the weapon in the bushes nearby.
Charges being recommended to Crown Counsel include Aggravated Assault, Assault with a Weapon, Fail to Comply with Recognizance, and Fail to Comply with Probation.
Alcohol appears to have been a contributing factor.
Det. Staff Sergeant Chris Horsley #50

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