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Weekly Media Release for Apr. 23 – Apr. 30, 2023

The Oak Bay Police Department responded to 98 calls for service this past week.

April 23rd, 2023 THEFT OB23-1042

On the 23rd of April Oak Bay Police attended the Oak Bay Rec Centre located at 1975 Bee Street. Staff there advised that a suspicious male was captured on CCTV rifling through personal items in the unsecured storage cubbies in the fitness center area and had stolen a backpack. The Oak Bay Police are currently investigating the incident, attempting to identify the male suspect. A photo of the suspect is attached to this media release. Residents and visitors to the Rec Center are encouraged not to leave valuables unattended or to use the secured lockers available in the change room area. If anyone has information related to this event please contact the Oak Bay Police Department.

April 24th. 2023 Community Policing Event OB23-1066
On the 24th of April, Oak Bay Police School Resource Officer Mishrigi attended Monterey Middle School to teach bicycle safety to several classes of students for the day. The event was a success and the students bicycle and road safety was greatly enhanced because of the efforts of Cst. Mishrigi and community partners at Capital Bikes. Thanks to all who made this event a success.

April 25th, 2023 Extortion Scam OB23-1072
On the 25th of April 2023 a local resident attended the OBPD reporting disturbing messages and images sent to her cell phone depicting images of drug cartel violence. Oak Bay Police have become familiar with this as the latest in extortion scams where scammers are sending these disturbing messages along with threats of violence and requests for money. In this specific instance there was no demand for money. Oak Bay Police would like to remind the community not to engage with these scammers and report any suspicious texts/phone calls to the Oak Bay Police and not to send any personal details or money to persons or businesses they are not familiar with.

April 26th, 2023 Found Bicycle OB23-1078
On the 26th of April, a found 21 speed mountain bicycle was turned in to the Oak Bay Police. The bicycle was recovered behind St. Philips Church on Eastdowne Road. Oak Bay Police would like to return the bicycle to it’s rightful owner. If you have lost or had a bicycle stolen please check in with us at OBPD in the event it has been recovered. OBPD recovers several bicycles every year waiting to find their way back home.

April 28th, 2023 Excessive Speeding OB23-1116
On the 28th of April, Oak Bay members were conducting traffic enforcement in the area of the 600 Block of Beach Drive. A Toyota Rav 4 was tracked on radar travelling 88 km/h in the posted 40 km/h zone. The 17 year old male Saanich resident operating the vehicle was issued a $368.00 violation ticket for excessive speed and had his vehicle impounded for 7 days.
With the summer weather approaching the Oak Bay Police would like to remind everyone traffic safety continues to be a top priority in our community and members are routinely educating and enforcing traffic safety. Please drive and cycle safely.

April 29th, 2023 Noise Complaint OB23-1129
On the 29th of April, Oak Bay Police attended for a loud house party in the residential area near Henderson Road and Cedar Hill X Road. Approx 50-100 youths and young adults were located at a residence having an 18th Birthday Celebration while parents were out of town. Oak Bay Police dispersed the party and remained in the area to ensure no young people were drinking and driving and everyone got home safely. The parents of the party host were advised.

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