Media Releases

Date: November 26, 2020

File: 20-25594


Saanich Police investigators have been working around the clock to try and find missing man Sean Hart, who unexpectedly left the Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health Facility on November 6, 2020 and has not been seen since.


While Mr. Hart has been the subject of missing person reports in the past, he has either been found or returned on his own accord within a few days. This file is being worked on 24/7 by both detectives and uniformed officers, however, despite several tips from the public, Mr. Hart is still missing and has not been seen now in almost three weeks.

He is known to walk great distances, often without shoes on, and as such we have involved PEMO (Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization) Search and Rescue to begin looking for Mr. Hart in areas of Greater Victoria and beyond. His mother Penny Hart has flown in from Calgary to help look for her son and is working with and being supported by our investigators.


Sean Hart, 34, is described as Caucasian, 6'0” tall, very thin, blue eyes, long, curly brown-reddish hair, last seen dressed in black clothing.

If you see Sean Hart, please do not approach, keep an eye on him and call 9-1-1. He will require immediate medical attention as he lives with schizophrenia and has not received his medication.


“His family is very concerned for his well-being and we are working with them as well as additional resources to make every effort possible to locate Sean. We would like to thank the public for the tips we have received thus far, and we hope that this release creates even more awareness to help find Sean and bring him home safely.”



Cst. Markus Anastasiades
Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: November 23, 2020

File: 20-26797 and 20-26798


On November 23, 2020 at 2: 50 p.m. Saanich Police received a report of a single-vehicle collision in the 4500 block of Interurban Road. Witnesses on scene saw the driver run from the scene after the vehicle crashed into a forested area and came to rest against a tree.


Once police arrived, they saw a person in the bushes that appeared to match the description of the driver, however, attempts to locate that person were unsuccessful.


At 3:15 p.m., as additional police officers were patrolling the area looking for this driver, a 9-1-1 call was received from a home in the 4000 block of Markham Road of a home invasion in progress. A resident explained that a man covered in blood had gained access to their home and was rambling and not making any sense.


Police attended this home and arrested the man for Break and Enter.  We suspect this man to be the driver of the crashed vehicle and avenues are currently being investigated to confirm this to be the case. We do not believe there was anyone else in the vehicle with the driver at the time of the crash.


The man was taken to hospital for treatment related to the collision and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

There does not appear to be any connection with the man and the residence on Markham Street. Investigators are trying to piece together all aspects of this incident, including what led to the crash, why the driver fled the scene and the reason this individual entered a private residence without invitation. Impairment by drugs and / or alcohol is not being ruled out, nor are components related to mental health.


“The health and safety of this individual is first and foremost. The investigation will take some time to paint the entire picture of what happened this afternoon. The impact this vehicle sustained as a result of the crash was significant and it is remarkable that anyone was able to walk away.”

Cst. Markus Anastasiades
Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: November 18, 2020

File: 20-17916


The Saanich Police have arrested and recommended charges against a massage therapist for one count of Voyeurism stemming from an incident that was reported to the Saanich Police on August 10, 2020. The therapist was conducting his practice at a clinic in Saanich.

Gilles-Philippe Lavoie, 48, was arrested by officers that same day and later released with conditions and a court date in early October.

Charges have now been sworn in court and we continue to investigate this matter further. This believed to be a single incident.

“This is an extremely disturbing incident that is alleged to have occurred and we have provided support to the victim involved. We must appreciate and respect the privacy involved here, so we are not sharing any further details of the incident.”



Cst. Markus Anastasiades
Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: November 20, 2020

File: N/A



Each year, Crime Stoppers International recognizes a number of individuals, programs, activities and campaigns from around the world for excellence and for their contribution to the achievement of the Crime Stoppers International vision – to mobilize the world to report information on crime and criminals, anonymously.

In 2019, the work carried out by the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers led to the arrest of 38 individuals, which was more than double the arrests the program accounted for the year prior. For their outstanding and significant contribution to the program, they were recognized internationally and awarded the Productivity Award based on this increase in arrests whilst serving a population between 300,000 and 1 million. This is their fourth award in three years!

The Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers program provides a safe and completely anonymous environment for the public to provide information to be shared with the police to help solve crime in our community. They are not the police, nor do the police have any influence on the program. Two civilian Program Coordinators here in the Victoria area run the registered not-for-profit organization which is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors.

“The Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers Program provides a tremendous contribution to public safety. With last year’s increase in tips received and arrests made, along with continued international recognition, it demonstrates that this a highly valued program within our community.” Chief Constable Scott Green.


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Date: November 17, 2020

File: 20-26108


Saanich Police have issued a ticket to a homeowner who was hosting a poker party with more than six guests inside their residence this past weekend.


On Saturday November 14, 2020 at approximately 10:00 a.m. officers attended a home in the Broadmead area of Saanich to investigate reports of several people gathering at the residence that were suspected of not living there. When officers attended, they observed seven people sitting around a table playing poker in the garage. When they spoke to the homeowner, it was discovered that none of the seven guests, including three additional people inside the residence, lived there.

All of the ten guests left and the homeowner was issued a violation ticket under the Covid-19 Related Measures Act for $2,300 in contravention of the Gathering and Events Order related to holding an event at a private residence with more than 6 guests who do not live there.


This was not the first time officers had attended this home to investigate contraventions of Provincial Health Orders.  At the end of October police attended the home for a similar report and provided education and a verbal warning on the orders that were in place at that time.

“We will continue to investigate reports related to the Provincial Health Orders currently in place and we hope that incidents such as this create community awareness and encourage compliance of the measures the province has put in place to keep us safe.”



Cst. Markus Anastasiades
Public Information and Communications Officer

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