Weekly Media Release for Jan. 31 – Feb. 7, 2021

The Oak Bay Police Department responded to 75 calls for service this week.

On February 1st, the Oak Bay Police responded to a Motor Vehicle accident where the suspect vehicle failed to remain in the 2500 block of Bowker Ave at around 19:30 hours the previous night. The owner reported that their vehicle was struck by another vehicle that did not stop or provide information. Video of the incident caught on neighbour’s CCTV. This investigation is still on going. (OB File 21-279)

On February 2, the Oak Bay Police received a theft from auto report in the 2400 block of Central Ave. The theft occurred overnight. The vehicle was believed to be unlocked. The suspect rummaged through the vehicle and stole a small amount of cash. (OB File 21-283)

On February 2, the Oak Bay Police responded to a theft report in the 2100 block of Oak Bay Ave. The complainant reported that a Dyson hand dryer was stolen from the bathroom. An unknown person entered the customer washroom and pulled the Dyson Airblade V from the wall, leaving exposed wires. The complainant told police that they were notified by a neighbouring location in Saanich that a similar theft had occurred to that store. This investigation is on going. (OB File 21-284)

On February 4, the Oak Bay Police responded to report of online fraud in the 1900 block of Bee St. The complainant reported that they received an email from someone claiming to be from the Geek Squad – Federal Division. They told the complainant that they owed money from service that had been done on their computer 18 months prior. The fraudster requested that they be paid in Google Play cards. The fraudster then called and requested photos of the cards and the code on the back of the card. The complainant was later notified by their bank that their online bank password had been changed by someone. Funds had been withdrawn from their accounts. This investigation is ongoing. (21-298)

On February 5, an Oak Bay Police member was on patrol when he observed a vehicle travelling westbound on Cadboro Bay Rd at Cranmore Rd. The officer conducted a traffic stop and during the course of speaking with the 18-year-old male driver, the officer determined that the driver was prohibited from driving. As a result of this investigation, the driver was served an Offence Act Appearance notice with a future court date. His vehicle was impounded for 7 days. (OB 21-321)

If you have information regarding these or any crime, phone Oak Bay Police at 250-592-2424 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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