Media Releases

Date: October 19, 2020

File: 20-23973

 

On October 19, 2020 just after 4:00 pm the Saanich Police received a report of a bear on a property in the 4700 block of West Saanich Road. The bear had killed one of the homeowners' livestock, a llama.

  

Several officers attended and saw the bear as it took off away from the area. BC Conservation Service attended as well in an effort to locate the bear along with police, however, it was not located.

 

It is believed that this bear is not frightened of humans and will possibly return to the area overnight. Plans are in place to re-attend however if anyone should see a bear in this area please contact the Saanich Police and/or BC Conservation Service.

 

We are recommending residents to be alert and aware of this latest bear incident and take measures to protect any livestock or pets they may have.

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: October 9, 2020

File: 20-22593

 

We were able to identify, locate and arrest the suspect this afternoon. Investigators do not believe there is any connection to the other placed needles in the Greater Victoria area and there is no indication that the business in Saanich last week was targeted.

 

A 37-year-old woman has been charged with one count of Mischief and will appear in court later this year.

 

Date: October 8, 2020

File: 20-22593

 

An uncapped needle appeared to be deliberately placed on the door of a Saanich business last week.

The Saanich Police Department is investigating the incident that was captured on CCTV from a business in the area of Burnside Road West at Harriet Road on September 30, 2020 just before 7 p.m.

Staff attending work the following morning discovered an uncapped hypodermic needle and a piece of gauze placed on the rear door of the building. The door had been taped-off due to COVID-19. A review of the video surveillance on the property showed the suspect sticking the needle onto the tape along with a piece of gauze.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian female, 30’s, short dark brown hair, 5’6” tall, wearing a white hooded sweater, black jacket, black pants and black flip-flops.

The needle and gauze were disposed of and fortunately, nobody was physically harmed by either item.

Anyone with information is asked to contact either the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321 or the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: September 29, 2020

File: 20-22267

 

Alerts through social media help the public and police locate stolen items from recent thefts out of the Nanaimo area.

 

On Monday September 28, 2020 just before 7:30 p.m. a witness spotted a white truck towing an orange portable sawmill a parking lot in the 4600 block of Elk Lake Drive. The witness had been on social media earlier that day and recalled seeing a post of a similar sawmill being broadcast as stolen from the Ladysmith area the day before.

 

Patrol officers attended and located the vehicle and driver. It was discovered that not only was the sawmill the same one reported stolen, but the truck pulling the sawmill had also been stolen as part of separate theft incident from Nanaimo over the weekend.

 

A 34-year-old man from Ladysmith is in police custody facing several charges including the possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of break-in instruments, possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of driving with a suspended licence.

 

“The quick sharing of information over social media played an important role in this file and we would like to thank the witness for alerting us. This is another great example of how the police and public work together to help solve crime. Both owners of these items, Wildwood Ecoforest and the Nanaimo River Salmonid Enhancement Project are non-profit organizations and these items were very valuable pieces of equipment.”

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: October 1, 2020

File: 20-20101

 

On September 12, 2020 the Saanich Police Department put out a release asking the public for assistance locating a family that was believed to be travelling in British Columbia or Alberta. There were concerns for their safety and investigators were seeking information on their whereabouts in order to assess their well-being.

 

On September 30, 2020 the Saanich Police Department was notified that the family, Bradley Cook, Melissa Trost and their two children were located and we are happy to report that all of them are safe. Investigators have now concluded this investigation and no further information will be released at this time.

 

We would like to thank the public for their assistance in this matter.

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

Saanich Police Department

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Date: September 30, 2020

File #: 20-20983

  

Update. Previously report missing 18-year-old Robyn Coker-Steel has been located and is safe. 

                                                                                                            

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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