Weekly Media Release Mar. 18 – Mar. 24, 2019

In the early morning hours of March 18th, just after 4:30am, a resident in the Harling Point area of Oak Bay witnessed two males rummaging through her unlocked pickup truck that was parked in her driveway. The resident yelled at the two males and they were last seen running towards Crescent Road. In the darkness, no detailed description of the males was available although both were described as skinny. Extensive patrols by police failed to locate the males. Evidence was seized from the scene for forensic analysis.

Later that day, just before 8pm, members of the Oak Bay Police Department had set up a roadblock on Beach Drive near Cattle Point when a driver was stopped and the smell of burnt cannabis was apparent. Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were performed poorly and the 33-year-old male driver was issued a 24-hour suspension and his car was towed.   

Police received a report of an electric bike that was stolen from under the porch of an apartment suite in the 2200 block of Oak Bay Avenue. The bike was unlocked and could have been taken anytime in the preceding three days. The bike is blue and silver with large batteries. The make and model are unknown.

On March 21st, just before 4am, police were called to the 2000 block of Oak Bay Avenue by a taxi driver who hadn’t been paid by his passenger. In an odd twist, a different male came back to the taxi and provided the driver with his identification and asked him to wait while he tried to find some money for him. When police arrived, the identification given to the driver was run through the computer system and the male was found to have two outstanding warrants. The warrants were for possession of drugs and failing to attend court. The 48-year-old male was arrested, the passenger was ID’d and the cabbie was paid.

Did you know?

Preventable calls for service account for a significant use of police resources. Occurrences such as false alarms, accidentally dialled 9-1-1 calls and thefts from unlocked vehicles will generally be attended to by a member of the Oak Bay Police Department. Please remember to be diligent when setting your burglar alarm, dialling your phone (or avoiding pocket dials), and leaving your car unattended.

The following table shows the frequency of these events as a percentage of the total call volume of the department.

  2018 Year to date 2019 Last week
False 9-1-1 7% 9% 8%
False Alarm 7% 8% 10%
Theft from Auto 3% 4% 1%
All three combined 17% 21% 19%

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