Media Releases

On April 24, 2019 the Saanich Police took a report from the University of Victoria Formula Motorsport team about a theft of unique car parts that were built by the team for installation in their custom built Formula car. Members of our Street Crime Unit followed up on this theft after the stolen car parts were found listed for sale on Used Victoria.

On May 8, 2019, officers identified the man attempting to sell the parts and arrested him for Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. The 48 year old Victoria man is well known to police and will be appearing in court this morning.

The stolen car parts were recovered and have been returned to the Motorsport team, who are actually in Michigan at a competition with their car. The university will be arranging expedited delivery of the parts to the team.

We wish them the best of luck during their competition year!

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May 2, 2019 Media Release:

Between 10pm on April 24, 2019 and 1:30am on the 25th, numerous car parts were stolen from the trailer of the UVic Formula Motorsport team.  Many of these parts are unique and made solely for the car that the UVic team is working on.  Stolen items include a custom steering wheel, steering column, rack mounts, clutch handle, clutch cable, and more.  The estimated value of the stolen items is between $3000 and $4000. 

The UVic Formula Motorsport team has spend thousands of hours over the past few months designing and building their unique car and will be unveiling the car shortly.  Any information on who is responsible or where the stolen items may be, would be greatly appreciated, and can be directed to the Saanich Police.

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The Saanich Police have determined that the death of an adult male earlier in the day was not suspicious.

The BC Coroners Service were consulted and attended with police in the 4200 block of Gordon Head Road and now hold conduct of the file.

The man's identity was confirmed and his family notified of his death.

"Our condolences go out to his family and friends" said D/Sgt.Kowalewich.

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The Saanich Police have made an arrest in relation to the sexual assault that occurred in the 3900 block of Wolf Street in Saanich on March 17, 2019.

After a lengthy investigation by our Detective Division, a 23 year old Saanich man was arrested late last night, May 7, 2019. He will be appearing before the courts today and is facing three charges: Sexual Assault with a Weapon, Break and Enter, and Forcible Confinement.

This was very traumatic crime that significantly impacted the 22 year old female victim. We have remained in close communication with her and are ensuring that support services are available to her as our investigation moves forward as a result of this arrest.

Due to the sensitivity of this investigation and the forthcoming court process, no further information will be released at this time.

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Sgt. Julie Fast

The Saanich Police has been called to the 4200 block of Gordon Head Road at Arbutus Lane for a man found non-responsive and not breathing.  Ambulance initially attended and have determined that the man has died.  Police are now on scene, including members of our Detective Division and Forensic Identification team.  The area is cordoned off and traffic is being re-routed.

There is no further information at this time.  An update will be provided when available.

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