Media Releases

At approximately 9:30 pm on February 27, 2020, a 17-year-old girl was approached by a man on a BC Transit bus who began engaging her in conversation. When she exited the bus, the man followed her and began to make unwanted sexual advancements towards her, including unwanted touching. The girl was not physically injured during the sexual assault and she has been offered various resources

The suspect was described as being approximately 30 years old, dark complexion, 5”7, black hair, clean-shaven, and wearing ‘skinny’ jeans. The man spoke with an accent and it is believed that English was not his first language.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact us at 250-475-4321. To report anonymously, please call the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


Detective Sergeant Damian Kowalewich

On February 26, 2020 just after 5:00 pm a male entered a fast-food store in the 1600 block of McKenzie Avenue, presented a knife to the cashier and demanded money. He then left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. The cashier was not physically harmed, was immediately able to call police who then arrived but were not able to locate the suspect.


The suspect had covered his face, was wearing all dark clothing. Officers are still in the early stages of this investigation.


If you have information about this incident and have not yet spoken to investigators, please contact us at 250-475-4321. To report anonymously, please call the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


Cst. Markus Anastasiades 

Public Information and Communications Officer

A Saanich resident is out thousands of dollars after a scam involving Publishers Clearing House.

In January the victim was contacted by phone advising that they had won a prize of $75,000 through the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. They were then requested to send money to them to cover the costs of taxes and legal fees, after which the prize money would then be sent to them. Over the following few weeks, an individual attended the victim’s home and collected money in excess of $26,000. When the victim realized the prize money had yet to show up, they became suspicious and reported it to the police. 

While this scam is not a new one, these types of “Prize” frauds have resulted in the loss of over $3.7 million last year in Canada alone. (Source: Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre)

We are reminding the public of the following:

  • Never send money to collect a prize. If they ask you to pay, it’s a scam.

  • Never deposit a cheque and then send money back, even if the funds appear in your account. This is a clear sign of a scam.

  • Never provide your personal banking information to anyone over the phone. If they ask, it’s a scam.

  • Always report scams and frauds to the police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

  • Spread the word and educate family, friends, neighbours and co-workers on these scams. Your actions might prevent someone else from becoming a victim.



Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

At 4:25 pm on February 19, 2020 a man entered Maude Hunter’s liquor store at 3810 Shelbourne Street wearing a black ski mask and approached the cashier. He produced a handgun and was able to get at the cash register. He then fled the store and ran down Shelbourne Street carrying the cash register.

Saanich officers responded immediately and contained the area to search for the suspect. While he was not located by police, witnesses in the area did see a person that matched the description of the suspect running down Shelbourne Street.

The suspect is described as male, wearing a black ski mask, black hoody, and black pants.

If anyone saw the suspect or anything suspicious taking place before, during or after the time of this robbery are encouraged to contact the Saanich Police. Furthermore, any drivers that were in the area at that time who may have dash cam footage are being asked to check the footage to see if it captured anything of the event.

“Our officers are still out gathering information, speaking to witnesses and obtaining video surveillance,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. “Anytime there is mention of a firearm involved in an incident such as this, we treat it with the highest safety priority. We did reach out and offer support to the employee involved.”


Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

Detectives with the Saanich Police General Investigative Section are confirming that they are investigating the fire at Island Outfitters last month as an arson.

On January 4, 2020, just after 6:30 am Saanich Fire and Saanich Police were notified of a fire burning at the rear of Island Outfitters located at 3319 Douglas Street. Once extinguished, both Saanich Fire Investigators and Saanich Police Detectives remained on scene to investigate the cause of the fire.

Fortunately, the store was closed at the time of the fire so nobody was injured, however, the damage it caused to the inside of the building was extensive.

Investigators have now determined that the fire was deliberately set and as such, an arson investigation is underway. To protect the integrity of this open and active investigation, no further information will be released at this time.


Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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