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Weekly Media Release May 28 – June 2, 2019

On May 29th, police received a report of a theft of purse from a front yard in the 3000 block of Cadboro Bay Road. The complainant had been gardening and left her purse in the front yard while she went to the back. A culprit took the purse. Credit cards were later used in businesses with video surveillance. A suspect was identified and file is under investigation.

On May 29th, police had set up a Checkstop on Beach Drive. A vehicle was stopped and the officer noted a strong smell of burnt cannabis. The officer made a “Standardized Field Sobriety Test” demand and conducted the tests. The driver was found to be under the influence of Cannabis and his licence was suspended for 24 hours and his vehicle towed.

On May 30th, police responded to a complaint of Break, Enter, and Theft from a business on Beach Drive. Sometime overnight, thieves had broken in to a locked deep freeze and taken a quantity of product. Their actions were caught on video. The matter is under investigation.

On May 30th, police were called to the 2000 block of Oak Bay Avenue for a complaint of Theft From Motor Vehicle that occurred sometime overnight. The culprit(s) entered the vehicle and took two pairs of sunglasses (Coach & Chanel).

On May 30th, police received a report of Theft From Motor Vehicle that occurred at 8:50 AM in the 3000 block of Cadboro Bay Road. Video Surveillance shows a lone female approaching the vehicle and entering it. A small amount of change was taken. Stills of the culprit were circulated to area police departments.

On May 30th, police received a report of Theft From Motor Vehicle that occurred on the 29th between 4:30 PM and 10:00 PM in the 2000 block of Cedar Hill X-Road. Entry was gained by smashing the rear side window. An emergency preparedness kit was taken. That kit was turned in to police earlier in the day. It was returned to the owner.

On June 2nd, shortly after 5:00 AM, police were called to the 1700 of Foul Bay Road for a report of Theft From Motor Vehicle that had occurred in the last 15 minutes. The complainant had been loading their car and on the last load, noted a laptop and cell phone had been taken. Police attended the area along with K-9 unit. Police located the woman, who had been identified as a suspect in previous similar thefts. She was detained for theft and was found to be in possession of the stolen laptop. The k-9 unit tracked from the residence of the theft to a cell phone that had also been stolen. The woman was arrested for theft, obstruct police, and was later found to be in violation of a Conditional Sentence Order. She is the subject of several theft charges as well as breach of court order.

The Oak Bay Tea Party was a success with the usual parking complaints. Police found attendees to be well behaved and family oriented.

“Another week with numerous theft from vehicles.  We’re pleased to have arrested a prolific offender but there are many more to fill the gap left by her during her brief time of incarceration.”  “We hear many theories about how to leave a vehicle but wish people would simply comply with our evidence based advice to leave their vehicles locked with all items removed. Owners who do this are very unlikely to experience a theft or a broken window. In fact, we have had very few, if any, reports over the last several years. A broken window, invariably means the suspect could see something they wanted inside the vehicle.”   Deputy Chief Ray Bernoties

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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