On Tuesday, February 13, the Oak Bay Police received a report of a theft from vehicle in the 3300 block of Woodburn Avenue. Stolen sometime overnight was a purse and an ACER laptop computer. The vehicle appears to have been left unlocked.
On Thursday, February 15, police were contacted regarding an attempted “overpayment” scam. A 17-year male had placed an ad on a local buy and sell site for a piece of electronics he was no longer using. He was contacted by an interested buyer who offered to send a cheque for the item and have someone local pick up the device. When the cheque arrived, it was for an amount far in excess of the asking price for the device. The young man contacted the buyer to advise he had paid too much. The buyer advised the young man to cash the cheque, keep an additional $50 for himself and return the balance and the device to the person coming to pick it up. The astute young man contacted police. The investigation is ongoing.
Unfortunately, this is a common scam affecting everything from rental deposits to big-ticket items. In a nutshell, the “seller” cashes a bad cheque on the strength of their good credit rating, sends the extra cash back to the buyer and learns later that the cheque was no good. The young man in this instance did exactly the right thing. Education is power. Information on scams and frauds and what to look for can be found at AntiFraudCentre.ca
On February 18, just after 8:30pm, police stopped a vehicle for speeding in the 900 block of Foul Bay Road. The 24-year-old male driver exhibited signs of impairment by alcohol and, after a roadside screening test, was issued a three-day Immediate Roadside Suspension and his vehicle was impounded.