Media Releases

September 10, 2020

 

On September 10, 2020 at approximately 12:30 a.m. Saanich Police attended to a home in the 4100 block of Carey Road to assist Saanich Fire with a structural fire. When officers arrived they noticed the home was engulfed in flames. Officers then closed the road to all traffic for several hours while firefighters worked on extinguishing the blaze.

On September 9, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Saanich Police officers attended the home for a report of a landlord-tenant dispute. No occupants were located, and officers cleared the scene.

“The fire is being deemed as suspicious at this point while detectives and Saanich Fire investigators look at all of the evidence. It is too early to determine if there is any correlation to the report called in to the home last night and the fire hours later. There was nobody in the home at the time of the fire.”

                                                                                                            

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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September 9, 2020

 

The ball python snake that was reported missing in August has been found deceased.


On August 19, 2020 the snake was reported to have been lost in the area of Marigold Road and Jasmine Avenue. It was in the same area on Sunday September 6, 2020 that a homeowner noticed a snake on their property and called the Saanich Police. It was discovered that the snake was in fact a ball python and had been dead for quite some time.

Saanich Police contacted the owner who was then able to confirm that the snake was in fact theirs and the one that was reported missing.

                                                                                                            

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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August 17, 2020

 

On Friday August 14, 2020 at 10:51 hours Saanich Police officers were dispatched to attend the 4100 block of Carey Road for a report of a group of 20-30 people making noise behind Northridge Elementary School.

At 11:00 p.m. additional calls were received that the group was now in the streets, had grown to over 100 people and they were becoming verbally aggressive and attempting to damage property on homes. As a result, additional officers were dispatched to assist. They arrived on Carey Road at approximately 11:10 p.m. and saw the large groups of youths gathered. They began to speak to some of them and then learned that there had been weapons involved, including a baton and potentially a knife that had been brandished by one of the youths. The suspect was believed to be at the school with the weapons.

The officers then made their way to the school to locate the suspects when they were flagged down by residents who provided additional information about the suspected weapon and concerns about the youth gathering.

The group eventually broke up and left the area as police remained on scene to speak to the residents.

We are still investigating the incident and are asking any of the residents to provide statements to the police. We are also investigating the timings and information provided during the call.

During the summer months, the Saanich Police deploy additional officers over the week-ends to assist in the increase for calls to service related to calls such as parties, large gatherings, liquor enforcement, noise disturbances, and beach fires.

Our department is committed to providing quality police service by working with the community to keep Saanich safe.

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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August 28, 2020

 

A month’s long investigation by the Saanich Police Street Crime Unit resulted in the arrest of two men and the seizure of a loaded gun and drugs from a suite in the 700 block of Travino Lane earlier this morning.

After an increase in property crime was reported to police in that area, investigators were able to gather information that led them to a residence on Travino Lane.


On August 28, 2020 the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Unit were called to assist in arresting two men related to the residence this morning. A search warrant was authorized for the suite, during which several items were located including a loaded 9mm handgun, thousands of dollars in cash, ballistic vest, and drugs believed to be fentanyl and cocaine.

The two men, 34 and 38 are well-known to police and one of them currently remains in custody. No names are being released as charges have not be yet sworn in court.

The Saanich Police are recommending various charges including the unauthorized possession of a restricted firearm, unsafe storage of a firearm, and offences related to drug trafficking.


“Drug Experts at our department confirm that this purple fentanyl is traditionally found to be an extremely potent illicit drug. As we know, fentanyl has been linked to the drug overdose crisis in BC so being able to remove this as well as the firearm from the street is a huge success.”

                                                                                                            

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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August 10, 2020

 

 

Saanich Police are investigating several break and enters to the Mount Tolmie Hospital on Richmond Road that started over the long week-end in August. It is believed that the suspects returned during the week and then again this past week-end, all the time making their entries overnight. Tools and electronics have been reported stolen as well as general damage to the building.

The hospital is not currently occupied and additional security measures have been recommended.

“Our Forensic Identification Section through the Detective Division is assisting in this investigation. It is very unusual that a premise would be the target of repeated property offences. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Saanich Police Department or anonymously through the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.”

                                                                                                            

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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