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Weekly Media Release for Feb. 15 – Feb 21, 2021

A theft of a package delivered to the front door of a home on Kings Rd. was reported to Oak Bay Police on February 16th, 2021. The theft took place and was captured on video February 11, 2021. Video footage was previously circulated via social media capturing the actions of the female suspect. The female suspect appears to be in her 20’s, wearing a white toque, black scarf, beige sweater, jeans and red boots. A possible suspect has been identified and the investigation is ongoing. (Oak Bay Police File 2021-407)

At approximately 5:30pm on February 16th, 2021 a person out walking their dog at Carnarvon Park noticed smoke coming from within the men’s washroom at the park and called 911. Oak Bay Police and Oak Bay Fire attended, and the fire was extinguished. Very little damage occurred as the fire was contained to the plastic waste bin located directly below the paper towel dispenser. Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call Oak Bay Police. (Oak Bay Police File 2021-411)

Inclement weather conditions allegedly contributed to a hit and run which took place on February 17, 2021 at approximately 8:45am. Investigation revealed a female driver in a grey Toyota Corolla struck a parked Nissan Versa in the 2300 block of Rosario St. and left the scene. The offending driver, a 41 year old female, was located a short time later and issued a violation ticket for fail to stop after collision with unattended vehicle (Sec 68(2) MVA $196). The driver explained the frozen condensation on the windows of the vehicle contributed to the incident. Reminder to all drivers it is an offense to operate a vehicle if you cannot see clearly out the windows and windshield. Section MVA regs 7.05(1) $81.00 (Oak Bay Police File 2021-414)

An Oak Bay resident is being praised by police for his preventative actions which stopped him from falling victim to the “Grandparents Scam”. On February 19, 2021 at 11:00am the man received a phone call on his residential phone line from a male identifying himself as the man’s grandson who was asking for $7,800.00 for bail explaining he was in jail in Vancouver. The man then spoke with a second male who stated he was a police officer and advised the man his grandson will remain in police custody until the $7,800.00 is paid. The man later reported to Oak Bay Police the scam was very convincing, and he was especially vulnerable to fall for the scam as he does in fact have a grandson who lives in Vancouver. The man was able to confirm his grandson in Vancouver was at home and had no interaction with police. The man had no intention of calling the scammer back and wiring the money. (Oak Bay Police File 2021-450)
If you receive a call like this, DO NOT wire the money or give the caller any further information. Hang up and call your grandchild, or another family member, to find out what’s really going on. Then report the scam to:

• Your local police, and

• Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

  • Toll-free at 1 888 495-8501)
  • Email info@antifraudcentre.ca
  • Website: Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

On February 20, 2021 just after 10:00pm an Oak Bay Police Officer pulled over a driver for failing to stop at a stop sign near King George Terrace and Beach Drive. The officer approached the driver who greeted the officer with the offer “would you like to be on TikTok?”. The officer reluctantly declined. The driver, a 20 year old male, was subsequently investigated for impaired driving which resulted in the driver having his vehicle towed, his licence suspended for 24 hours and the issuing of a violation ticket for failing to stop at a stop sign ($167) and operating a motor vehicle with cannabis in it ($230). (Oak Bay Police File 2021-453).

Oak Bay Police would like to extend an invitation to the customer who helped himself to a bottle of gin and 6 pack of beer and then walked out of the Liquor Plus liquor store located at the 2500 block of Cadboro Bay Road with out paying on February 21, 2021 at approximately 9:30am. This invitation would include the opportunity to attend Oak Bay Police Department to discuss your actions and options to remedy your poor choices and judgment prior to the release of photos and video of you stealing $60.00 worth of liquor. This investigation is ongoing. It is anticipated video footage and photographs will be obtained soon highlighting this theft and will hopefully assist in identifying the suspect. The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 30-40 years old, slim build and was wearing a dark coloured ski jacket with diamond pattern, work boots and carrying a stripped backpack at the time of the theft. (Oak Bay Police File 2021-455)

Oak Bay Police continue to ask our community members to report all suspicious activity observed in and around Oak Bay. If you have information regarding any crimes or suspicious activity, please phone Oak Bay Police at 250-592-2424 or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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