Media Releases

Date: November 6, 2020

File: 20-25524

 

Two men were located and arrested by a Saanich Police Canine and his handler shortly after robbing a convenience store on Burnside Road West at Harriet Road early Thursday morning.

On November 6, 2020 at 12: 30 a.m. police were called to a convenience store on Burnside Road West for a report of a robbery that had just occurred. Two suspects entered the store wearing medical masks, produced a knife and demanded money. They left the store with an undisclosed amount of money. Nobody inside the store was physically injured.

Saanich Police officers attended the scene along with Police Service Dog (PSD) Grimm and his handler. PSD Grimm tracked down and located both suspects in a park one block from the scene of the crime. The suspects were arrested and remain in police custody.

Two men, ages 30 and 52, are facing charges of Robbery and other offences under the Criminal Code.

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: November 5, 2020

File: 20-25421

 

On November 4, 2020 at 4:20 p.m. the Saanich Police received a report of a vehicle driving in the oncoming lanes of Interurban Road near Hector Road. While the officers were heading to the area, a witness reported that the vehicle had just crashed in the 5500 block of West Saanich Road.

The driver was not injured in the collision, which saw the vehicle cross the southbound lanes, veer off the road, uproot a BC Transit bus post, and crash into a fence on the Interurban Rail Trail. Fortunately, there were no pedestrians or cyclists on that part of the trail at the time the collision.

Officers on scene conducted a roadside screening test for alcohol, which the driver failed. The driver was then arrested and taken back to the Saanich Police Department, where breath testing was conducted which showed a blood-alcohol concentration of more than double the legal limit.

A 59-year-old woman has been charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle as well as operating a motor vehicle while her blood alcohol exceeded 80 milligrams.

“We would like to thank the public for reporting this driver to us in a timely manner. As this took place during the evening commute, and in poor weather conditions, this incident posed serious safety risks to other motorists, pedestrians and cyclists."

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: October 26, 2020

File: 20-24652

 

A suspect is in police custody this morning believed to be related to a series of break and enters to businesses in Saanich that occurred throughout the month of October.

A total of six break and enters, specifically to liquor stores in Saanich, were reported from October 2 to October 26, 2020. In all these events, glass windows or wall panels were carefully removed by the suspect allowing access into the store. The items stolen included wine, beer and other types of bottled alcoholic beverages.

 

At approximately 3:30 a.m. this morning a Victoria Police Canine officer stopped a vehicle on Hwy 17 near McKenzie Avenue that he knew was associated to a person wanted on a warrant and outstanding property crime charges. The driver was arrested. At the same time, a Saanich Police Canine officer attended a nearby liquor store in 4400 block of West Saanich Road and discovered a break and enter had occurred overnight, which included the removal of a glass windowpane. Bottles of liquor from the store were found in the vehicle driven by the suspect, who was then arrested for Break and Enter.

“The suspect clearly knew how to remove large panels of glass carefully which would have afforded them a rather quiet entry into the store. This is not a common means of breaking into a building nor a skillset common without previous training or knowledge.”

 


This file is on-going, and investigators are working through all the evidence to determine how many of the break and enters the suspect may have committed. The suspect, a 40-year-old man, is known to police.

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: November 2, 2020

File: 20-25125

 

 

A homeowner received a ticket early Sunday morning for hosting a Halloween party this weekend with 30 people inside the residence.

On November 1, 2020 at 2:45 a.m. Saanich Police officers responded to a noise complaint in the 3900 block of Lasalle Street where they located a loud party being hosted at a private residence.


Officers spoke to the homeowner about the noise and discovered that there were many more than six persons inside the residence. Despite warning them about the contravention of the Provincial Health Orders currently in place, cooperation was not immediately gained, and the party continued.

The party was eventually shutdown by police and officers counted 30 people leaving the residence. As a result, the homeowner was issued a violation ticket under the COVID Related Measures Act (CRMA) related to Gatherings and Events, specifically for “holding an event in a private residence (indoors or outdoors) with more than 6 guests who do not live there,” for the amount of $2,300.

 

“Our officers responded to several noise complaints over the weekend regarding gatherings in private homes. This was the only incident which a large private gathering was found to be held.”

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: October 22, 2020

File: 20-24213

  

On October 22, 2020, at approximately 10:00 a.m. staff inside Greater Victoria School District #61 in the 500 block of Boleskine Road heard a loud bang and discovered a hole in one of the exterior windows of the building.

Saanich Police officers quickly attended and located a metal ball-bearing outside near the broken window. The impact created a small hole and crack in the window however the projectile did not enter the building. Ball-bearings of this type are commonly used with slingshots.

Staff inside were not physically injured and police officers conducted a safety sweep of the grounds. Efforts are underway to determine if any video surveillance is available in the immediate vicinity and additionally, investigators are asking for any witnesses who may have been in the area around 10:00 a.m. or shortly thereafter to contact them at 250-475-4321.


While we are unsure of the reason behind this incident, this appears to be an isolated event as there have not been any similar incidents reported in Saanich this year.

 

  

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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