On March 23rd, 2012 at 2:40 pm, the Oak Bay Police Department attended at the public beach/park located in front of 3290 Beach Drive, Oak Bay for a report of a suspicious device washed up on the beach.
The device appeared to be a pipe bomb with cell phone, 9 volt battery and two wire leads attached. As a result, a portion of Beach Drive was shut down for approximately four hours, while police awaited the arrival of the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit from Vancouver. Once they arrived the device was detonated and determined to be a hoax bomb.
Significant policing costs, inconvenience and risks to the general public are associated to incidents of this nature. The police treat these types of hoax investigations very seriously.
Oak Bay Police Department detectives continued their investigation into this matter and located evidence that identified the owner of the one of the items that was part of the suspicious pipe bomb. Yesterday afternoon Oak Bay Police Department investigators located and interviewed a local 18 year old male suspect. During that interview the suspect admitted responsibility for creating the hoax bomb and throwing it in the ocean near the public beach.
Criminal charges of Mischief against the male have been forwarded to the Crown Counsel for their consideration. The male is a resident of Victoria and has no previous criminal record.
Mark Fisher, Chief Constable