Weekly Media Release for Dec. 26, 2022 – Jan. 1, 2023

The Oak Bay Police Department responded to 51 calls for service this week.

On December 26th, officers were dispatched to attend the 2000 block of Haultain St. regarding thefts from motor vehicles. Police attended and confirmed that two vehicles had windows smashed and suspect(s) fled the area with approximately $4000.00 in tools. No suspects were observed; however it is believed they may be associated to a red Subaru seen leaving the area at the time of the thefts. Police would like to remind citizens to remove valuable items from locked vehicles or put items out of sight. (OBPD file 2022-3940)

On December 27th, a member of the public turned in an Apple watch to the Oak Bay Police Department. The watch was found in the area of Avondale Rd. and Henderson Rd. It is hoped that the watch can be returned to its rightful owner. (OBPD file 2022-3945)

On December 28th, officers attended the 1000 block of Beach Drive in relation to a residential Break and Enter.   Entry was gained to the home by forcing the side door open.  It is not believed any items of value had been stolen, and to date no suspect has been identified. The matter still under investigation. (OBPD file 2022-3954)

On December 28th, Oak Bay Police Department received a call of an attempted theft of an e-bike in the 2000 block of Cadboro Bay Rd.  The suspect(s) cut the lock and the fence to which the bike was locked, however the suspect(s) fled the area without the bicycle which was recovered a short distance away. (OBPD file 2022-3955)

On December 28th, a member of public contacted Oak Bay Police Department to report they had found a ring while out for a walk in Uplands Park.  The ring was turned over to police and after publishing photos on social media officers were able to identify and return the ring to the rightful owner. The owner was ecstatic as it was a piece of jewelry passed down from their grandmother. (OBPD file 2022-3957)

On December 29th, Oak Bay Police were called to the area of Central Ave. and Linkleas Ave. A member of the public who was out for a jog around 8:00pm reported that they noticed a white panel van slowly following them. This raised concern for their safety and the jogger went to a nearby residence to contact police. The van is described as an older, white panel van with no windows. The driver of the van is described as male, Caucasian, tanned skin, heavy build and bald. Any information in relation to this incident can be forwarded to Oak Bay Police. This matter is still under investigation. (OBPD File 2022-3970)

On December 31st, officers were called to attend an address near Thorpe Place and Beach Drive to investigate a residential break and enter which occurred overnight.  CCTV confirmed a lone male pried the garage window open, made entry, and fled the area on a stolen mountain bike. The male is described as wearing a black baseball hat and a  black coat with reflective material on both front pockets and across the entire back of jacket.  This matter is still under investigation.  (OBPD file 2022-3980)

On December 31st, an OBPD Reserve Constable was present in Oak Bay monitoring speed with the mobile speed board as well as assisting CRD Integrated Road Safety Unit with traffic compliance. The Oak Bay Police Department has six volunteer Reserve Constables who assist with crime prevention duties, community events and traffic enforcement.  If you are interested in becoming a  volunteer Reserve Constable, please contact Oak Bay Police.

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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