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Over the course of five days, Saanich Police responded to three robberies involving a firearm. The first happened early in the morning on Saturday May 25, 2019 at the 7-11 at 10 Burnside Road West. The second happened the following morning, May 26th, at the 7-11 at 3775 Carey Road. And the third happened in the afternoon of May 29th at the TD Bank at 309 Burnside Road West.

An extensive investigation into these robberies has been conducted by Saanich Police and with the assistance of Victoria Police, a 52 year old man was arrested in downtown Victoria on May 30, 2019. Three counts of Robbery with a Firearm in relation to these three incidents in Saanich are being recommended by police. The man is currently in custody and will be appearing in court tomorrow.

The impact of these crimes was felt by many people and Victim Services has been engaged to provide support to all those involved.

This remains an active investigation as the identity of the female involved in the second 7-11 robbery remains unknown. Anyone with information regarding this female is ask to call police at 250-475-4321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Saanich Police are on the scene of a bank robbery at the TD Canada Trust branch located at 309 Burnside Road West, in the Tillicum Mall Centre.   We are actively looking for the suspect and ask that anyone in the community who sees a male matching the following description call 9-1-1 immediately.

Caucasian male, approximately 50 years old, about 5’5” tall and skinny. He was wearing a grey and green hoody, blue jeans and a baseball hat. Most notably, the male should have red staining on his skin and clothing (hands, torso, face) as a result of the banks dye pack deploying.

At this time, police are asking the community to avoid the immediate area around this bank as we continue to investigate.

 

*UPDATE on May 30, 2019*

Pictures of the suspect taken from bank surveillance:

TD Robbery Suspect     TD Robbery Suspect 1

If you can help identify this man, please call us at 250-475-4321 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Saanich Police are looking for information to help solve a robbery that happened at about 2am on May 23, 2019 in Rudd Park. A 23 year old woman was walking through the park, located at 3340 Whittier Avenue, when an unknown man grabbed her purse and fled towards Burnside Road West. A Saanich Police K9 team was able to track down the purse and some of its contents a short distance away, however the woman’s wallet has not been found.

The suspect was wearing dark clothing and a hat.

If you can help identify this suspect and/or know the whereabouts of the stolen wallet, please contact us at 250-475-4321 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Saanich Police are investigating two robberies that happened over the weekend.

The first happened at about 5:15AM on May 25, 2019 at the 7-11 located at 10 Burnside Road W. A male entered the store, produced a gun to the store employee and demanded money. He then fled on foot heading west on Burnside Road.

The suspect is described as being a Caucasian male, about 40 years old. He wore a black leather jacket with a hoody underneath, dark pants and shoes, and sunglasses.

The second happened the following morning, on May 26th. This robbery took place at the 7-11 at 3775 Carey Road at about 4:30AM. Two suspects, a male and a female, entered the store and approached two employees who were behind the counter, demanding money. One of the suspects held a gun during the robbery. They then fled on foot down Harriet Road towards the Galloping Goose Trail.

The male suspect was Caucasian, 25-30 years old, skinny and about 5’8” tall. He wore a black hoody and had his face partially covered with a bandana. The female suspect was tall (6’0” to 6’3”), skinny and wore a black jacket with a D/C logo on the front. She also had her face covered by a bandana.

In both cases, the suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of money along with cigarettes. Thankfully none of the store employees were physically harmed during these crimes.

At this time, police have not identified any of the suspects and have not ruled out that the two robberies may be connected. Both stores were examined by our Forensic Identification team and our detectives have taken over the investigations.

Anyone with information about these two robberies is asked to contact us at 250-475-4321 or to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Saanich Police are looking for any information that may identify the person who slashed the tires on seven vehicles overnight on May 14, 2019.  The vehicles were parked either on the roadway or in the driveway of homes on Myrtle Avenue, Townley Street, Taylor Street, and Queenston Street in Saanich.  Five of the vehicles had all four tires punctured, and two had two tires punctured.

If you have information that can help solve this crime, please call us at 250-475-4321, or to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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