Weekly Media Release January 8 – 14, 2018

January 10th, 2018

The Oak Bay Police responded to a complaint of an intoxicated male laying down on the ground in the 2500 block of Estevan Avenue. The male was intoxicated in a Public Place and he was transported to cells to sober up overnight and released in the morning.

January 11th, 2018

 The complainant reported sometime between December 3rd, 2017 and January 11th, 2018 he had two compasses stolen from two boats stored on the dry dock area of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. The compasses were described as a Velocitek (model’s Shift & Start). Approximately value $1300.00 US. The third compass describes as a Tacktick T070 Racemaster was stolen between December 26th, 2017 and January 11th, 2018. The approximate value for this compass is $850.00 US.

Police received a report of two youths smoking drugs at Fireman’s Park (which is adjacent to the Police Station). Police attended and found two female teenagers and could smell freshly smoked marijuana in the air. Both were detained and they were provided with their Charter of Rights. Incident to lawful arrest a purse was searched and a glass marijuana pipe and zigzag papers were seized. Since they were minors, the parents were contacted and they picked their children up at the Oak Bay Police Department. No Criminal Charges.

January 12th, 2018

 1546 hrs

We received a complaint of a suspicious male who had been wandering for the past 3 hours around a local marina. Oak Bay Police responded and the male was located.  Officers attempted to talk to the male but he did not respond to officers. Ultimately, the male tried to punch an officer and another officer tackled him.  The male continued to try to punch the officers and was handcuffed. He was transported to the hospital and promptly committed under the Mental Health Act.  The male was not harmed and the officers sustained only minor injuries (scrapes and bruises) and continued with their duties.

“This type of event happens far more frequently than many realize. I’m very pleased there were no significant injuries.”

 “I was not surprised to learn of the restraint, patience, and compassion shown by our officers as the Oak Bay Police Department prides itself on being a values-led police organization.”

-Deputy Chief Ray Bernoties

The Oak Bay Police received another theft complaint from the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. A 2016 black 2.5/ 4-stroke Suzuki outboard engine was stolen from the dry dock sometime between Dec 3rd, 2-17 and December 16th, 2017. The approximate value for this outboard motor is $700.00 Cdn.

January 14th, 2018

 0222 hrs

While on routine patrol the police observed a graffiti tag “XAV” spay painted in gold/yellow paint on the north gates (east pillar) in the 3500 block of Beach Drive.

0245 hrs

Police members just cleared from graffiti incident and observed three youths walking northbound in the same area. The youths admitted to lighting off fireworks and voluntarily surrendered their fireworks. The fireworks were seized along with a large box of matches. A parent was contacted and he confirmed they were not allowed to be out at that time of the night. They returned home to their parents.

0256 hrs

Police noted a vehicle parked at Cattle Point with two people sleeping at the rear of the vehicle. The licence plate was queried on the police data system, which showed an Endorsed warrant, was issued for Failing to Comply with and Undertaking for the registered owner. The registered owner was located in the vehicle and he was arrested on the strength of warrant and released on a Promise to Appear to attend court at a later date.

The registered owner was also flagged by the Motor Vehicle Branch to be issued a Prohibition Notice pursuant to S. 93 (1)(a)(ii) of the MVA until August of 2018. The Prohibition Notice was served to the registered owner.

January 14th, 2018

 2222 hrs

 The police responded to a suspicious vehicle which was reported to be on the north end of the Esplanade at Willows Beach. The police member attended and noted the vehicle was on the sandy beach on top of some logs. The sober male driver indicated he made the turn in the roundabout and inadvertently pressed on the gas pedal out of the turn and mounted the sidewalk curb onto the beach. The vehicle was several meters away from the elevated sidewalk. The driver was issued a violation ticket for Drive Without Consideration pursuant to the MVA with a prescribe fine of $196.00. A tow truck attended the scene and carefully removed the minivan from the beach onto the roadway. (photo below)

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