Media Releases

Date: January 6, 2021

File: 20-29304

 

The Saanich Police are investigating a series of arsons and one attempted arson that have taken place over the past two weeks in Saanich.

On December 25, 2020 a vehicle was parked in the driveway of a home in the 4200 block of Carey Road when the owner noticed someone had entered it overnight and tried to start a fire inside the vehicle.

Just after midnight on December 26, 2020, a vehicle parked in the driveway of a home just a few doors down from the previously mentioned incident on Carey Road was set on fire.

On January 5, 2021 at 5:30 a.m. a hedge was lit on fire in the 700 block of Miller Avenue and on January 6, 2021 at 3:30 a.m. a public garbage can on Tillicum Road near the Galloping Goose was also set on fire. 

No persons were injured as a result of any of these fires and while they are all in close proximity of one another, it is too early to determine if the fires are connected. 

Detectives with our Major Crime Unit are investigating and asking the public to be extra vigilant and to report suspicious activity in their area. 

Furthermore, we are asking anyone with either home video surveillance or vehicle dashcams to check their systems for anything suspicious during the following dates and times:

  • Between 11:00 pm on December 25, 2020 and 1:00 a.m. December 26, 2020 in the 4000 block of Carey Road or surrounding area.

  • Between 4:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. January 5, 2021 in the 700 block of Miller Avenue or surrounding area. 

We are also looking to identify and speak with a person that was captured on video in the area just before the vehicle fire on Carey Road on December 26, 2020. If you recognize this person, please call the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321 or you can report anonymously through the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

To view the video, please follow the links to either our Twitter or Facebook social media accounts.

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: January 5, 2021

File: 20-29621

 

Myles Oakes, the subject of a missing person investigation yesterday, has been located and is safe. Thank you to those that helped create awareness around this matter.

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: December 30, 2020

File: 20-29553

 

The Saanich Police are investigating a report of a Sexual Assault that occurred last night in Glanford Park located in the 600 block of Kenneth St at Glanford Ave.

 

The victim, a 19-year-old female was accosted by an unknown male while she was walking in the park at approximately 8:30 pm last night.

 

The incident is being investigated by the Saanich Police Patrol and Detective Divisions, and the public are being urged to use caution if walking in this area.

 

The victim was able to fight off the assailant, who appeared to be intoxicated. The suspect, described as a white male, approximately 40 years of age and wearing multiple layers of clothing, approached the victim and was stumbling when walking. After successfully getting away from the suspect, the victim was able to get to safety and the incident was reported to the police. A response by Saanich Patrol and K9 failed to locate the suspect in the area. Police will be conducting further enquires, included a neighbourhood canvass and a search for potential video surveillance in the area. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Saanich Police Info Line directly at 250-475-4356.

 

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Date: January 5, 2021

File: 21-340

 

A man was arrested early this morning after being spotted hauling several propane tanks in a bicycle cart along Tillicum Road that were discovered to have just been stolen from a nearby gas station.

 

On January 5, 2021, at 4:40 a.m. an officer was patrolling the area of Tillicum Road and Burnside Road West and saw a man pushing a bicycle towing a trailer filled with five large propane gas tanks. Upon seeing the police, the man then dropped his bicycle and ran away. Additional officers attended the area and discovered that a propane tank storage cage at a gas station in the 300 block of Burnside Road West had been broken into and several tanks were missing.

 

With the assistance of the Victoria Police Canine Unit, the man was located nearby, arrested and charged with Theft Under $5,000.

 

SPD would like to thank Police Service Dog Jonny and his VicPD K9 handler for their assistance this morning.

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: December 16, 2020

File: 20-28040

 

One person has been arrested in connection to a string of indecent acts committed in Saanich, Victoria, Oak Bay and the Westshore area over the past two months.

 

The first of eleven incidents were reported in Saanich toward the end of October. The details between all incidents were similar, in which a vehicle driven by a man approached or waved down his victims, exposed himself, was masturbating and then drove away. All of the victims were females and had been walking or running in the area prior to being approached.

 

Similar reports were made in mid and late November in Saanich and Oak Bay, followed by several more reports at the beginning of December, including incidents reported in Victoria and Langford.

 

On December 10, 2020 detectives with the Saanich Police Department Major Crime Unit arrested a man from Metchosin. He has since been released with a court date set for early next year.

 

This investigation is on-going and anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Saanich Police Department or their local police agency. Since the arrest, no further incidents of this nature have been reported.

 

“This is a disturbing series of events that appear to be connected, however, the investigation is still very active and it is too early to confirm that this suspect identified is responsible for all of these indecent acts. Anyone that may have been a witness to these incidents or that was directly approached by someone in a similar manner is asked to please contact their local police agency.”

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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