Weekly Media Release for Jan. 4 – Jan. 10, 2021

The Oak Bay Police received two theft from automobile reports and both vehicles believed to have been left unlocked:
• 3400 block Henderson Rd – Vehicle parked in driveway and child’s backpack was stolen and recovered strewn about a few houses away. (OB 2021-54)
• 3000 blk Eastdowne Rd – Vehicle parked on roadway and rummaged through. Nothing stolen. (OB 2021-55)

On January 4th the Oak Bay Police Department are investigating an arson to the washrooms located at Quimper. The complainant advised that this was the third time in the past year the washrooms had been set on fire. (OB 2021-30, 2021-44, 2021-46)

On Wednesday January 5th the Oak Bay Police received a report of a theft that had occurred in the 700 block of Oliver St. The complainant reported their unsecure green three- person Coleman Canoe stolen from their backyard. Approx. value $400.00. (OB 2021-42)

On Friday January 8th the Oak Bay Police Department received two reports of a male placing a Teddy Bear down on the Oak Bay High School Track and then hanging around to watch as girls approached it. Complainants described this as a similar incident they had read in the papers earlier in the week. Members attended and were able to identify a 25-year-old male. Investigators have spoken with him. While his actions were not illegal they did cause significant concern and the impact of his actions has been explained to him. (OB 2021-66)

On Saturday January 9th the Oak Bay Police Department were called to assist U-Vic security with a gathering of approximately 100 students in the bushes off Haro Rd./Cedar Hill Cross Rd. Members attended and the group spread out continuing to meet in smaller groups around campus. Several students were not wearing masks. Saanich PD were called to assist. Two UVIC students, an 18 year old female and an 18 year old male were fined $230.00 for “Fail to Comply with Direction” under Section 6(1) of the Emergency Protection Act for not dispersing after being directed to by the police. (OB 2021-74)

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