Saanich Police Detectives are in the early stages of an investigation of a robbery that is alleged to have occurred in the Cuthbert Holmes Park area in the early evening hours of Tuesday, May 5.

Police responded to a report of a robbery that had taken place at around 5:45 p.m. on a walking trail in the area behind the Silver City Theatre at Tillicum Mall. Four youth victims, ranging in age from 13 to 14 years, were approached by three suspects, who demanded valuables from the youths.

During the incident, it is alleged that two of the suspects produced weapons. Because the investigation is ongoing, police are not in a position to provide details or descriptions of the weapons produced during this incident.

A small amount of personal property was taken from the youths during the incident. None of the youth victims were injured.

Investigators were successful in locating three suspects that are believed to be responsible for this incident. The three suspects, aged 17, 15, and 14, were arrested and held in custody to appear in court to answer to a number of proposed charges. All three suspects were determined to be residents of Saanich.

Proposed charges include Robbery, Disguise With Intent, and Breach Of Probation.

Investigators cannot yet confirm that this incident is related to a previous incident reported to the public on April 23, 2015. During this previous incident, two youths were approached by three suspects. An edged weapon was produced and used to threaten the victims.   Information from both incidents will be considered during the ongoing investigation.

Anyone that may have witnessed anything relating to either of these events, or may have information, is asked to contact the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

File 2015-8987

Sgt. Steve Eassie #158

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