Posted 2015-06-24

Sleep appears to be one of the factors assisting in the capture of suspected criminals in Saanich over the past couple of days.

Yesterday, it was reported that a suspect male was found sleeping in a stolen vehicle, in possession of break in tools and weapons at the time of his arrest.

This morning, at approximately 2:30 a.m., occupants of a residence in the 1100 block of Clovelly Terrace, near the intersection of Cook Street and Quadra Street, noted a car alarm in the area. Further checks revealed that the alarm belonged to one of their own vehicles that had been parked in their driveway.

The witnesses observed a suspect inside the driver's side of the vehicle and advised that the male appeared to be slumped over or asleep inside the car. A bicycle, believed to belong to the suspect, was also observed to be leaning up against the back of the witness's vehicle.

Police arrived on scene and located a 28 year old Victoria man who appeared to have fallen asleep inside the vehicle, despite the car alarm sounding. The male was found in possession of property from the vehicle and was subsequently arrested for Theft Under $5000.

The suspect was later released from custody and will appear in court to answer to the charges in August.

It was noted that the suspect was noted to have previous convictions for theft related incidents.

"We are asking for the public to remain vigilant, keeping a watchful eye on their properties, as well as those of their immediate neighbours " Sgt. Steve Eassie said. "In both of the recent arrests, information has been provided to police, which has resulted in the suspects being located and arrested. If someone appears out of place, or appears to be acting suspicious, we are asking members of the community to notify us."

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Sgt. Steve Eassie #158

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