Media Releases

Date: April 19, 2021

File: 21-8442

 

Officers are seeking assistance from the public as they work to locate missing person Megan Letham.

Megan is 24 years old, described as 5’9” tall, 125-130 lbs, short, light brown hair, with brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a large sweater with “Superbowl 2020,” a grey Patagonia v-neck t-shirt, an orange toque, black pants, and blue tye-dyed sneakers. She may be also wearing a taupe-coloured blanket and a small backpack or slingpack.

Megan was last seen on Saturday, April 17th at 7:30 pm and her last known location was in the Mount Douglas Park area. If you see Megan Letham, please call 9-1-1. If you have information to provide on her whereabouts, please contact the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321 and refer to file 21-8442.

 

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Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: April 12, 2021

File: 21-7674

 

On Friday, April 9th, 2021 Just before 4:30 pm, emergency responders, including police, fire and ambulance responded to a call of a vehicle incident at Uptown Shopping Plaza. Once on scene, it was discovered that a vehicle on a parkade level had driven through the concrete wall and into the interior of Wal-Mart. As a result, several people inside Wal-Mart were trapped.

Saanich Fire crews were able to rescue the people trapped inside, and the driver was also safely removed from their vehicle. All sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

We can confirm that the driver was a man in his early 20’s who we believe was experiencing a mental health crisis leading up to and at the time of the collision. The incident remains under investigation.

“The driver was taken to the hospital to receive medical care and treatment. It’s remarkable that physical injuries to all involved were non-life-threatening.”

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: April 7, 2021

File: 21-7358

 

Investigators are looking for any tips that could help in the recovery of a bronze statue stolen over the Easter long weekend.

Last seen on Thursday, April 1, 2021, a 5-foot-tall bronze statue that marked the entrance to the mausoleum at Royal Oak Burial Park was stolen at some point over the long weekend. The suspect(s) were able to dislodge the statue from the base by breaking or cutting the fasteners.

Anyone with information is asked to contact our non-emergency line at 250-475-4321. To submit a tip anonymously, please contact the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

Markus Anastasiades 

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: April 9, 2021

File: 21-7454

 

**Update:

This afternoon, the owner of the dog identified themselves to us and is fully cooperating with Animal Control Officers. This file is still under investigation and as such, no further details will be released at this time. Thank you to the public and media partners for creating awareness of this incident.

 

Original Release:

Animal Control Officers are investigating after a dog bit the owner of another dog, which then attacked their small dog on Tuesday evening at Mount Douglas Park.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, April 6th at approximately 7:15 pm near the summit of Mount Douglas Park. A small dog, which was on a leash with its owner, was mauled by a larger dog that was off-leash and not believed to be under the control of its owner. The small dog, which suffered serious injuries, was rushed to a veterinary hospital but had to be put down. The owner of the small dog was also bitten by the large dog and sustained minor injuries.

Dogs, in any public place in Saanich, must be kept on a leash or under effective control at all times. There are certain locations in Saanich where dogs are restricted, or leashes are mandatory. Please visit the  Municipality of Saanich website for more information: https://www.saanich.ca/EN/main/parks-recreation-community/parks/parks-trails-amenities/park-use-etiquette/dogs-in-parks.html

To contact our Animal Control Officers, please call our non-emergency police line at 250-475-4321.

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: April 6, 2021

File:21-7317

 

An incident involving a suspicious vehicle last night is prompting a warning to parents from the Saanich Police.

On Monday, April 5th, 2021 at 5:15 pm a 14-year-old girl was walking along Queenswood Drive at MacDonald Drive West when a black vehicle pulled up alongside her. The driver began asking her for help looking for his dog and continued to do so until the girl chose to run away. The suspect then quickly drove away possibly swerving eastbound on Queenswood Drive.

The suspect, who was possibly intoxicated, was described as a Caucasian male, 30 years old, wearing a black toque, black face mask and a puffy jacket. All of the clothing items were described as being dirty. He was driving an older black 4-door vehicle in poor condition, with the rear side windows smashed out, and large amounts of cans and bottles for recycling inside the car. 

Police attended the area but were not able to locate the suspect. 

“We would like to caution residents, particularly parents and children, of this suspicious vehicle and to report any similar circumstances immediately to the police. While this appears to be an isolated incident, we are taking this matter seriously and looking for any information that may help identify either the suspect or the vehicle involved. We commend this young person for being suspicious of the suspect, quickly leaving the area and for immediately notifying her parents.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact our non-emergency line at 250-475-4321. To submit a tip anonymously, please contact the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

Markus Anastasiades 

Public Information and Communications Officer

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