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Weekly Media Release for Jan. 8 – Jan. 14, 2024

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

Mischief:

On January 12, 2024, at approximately 2300 hours, the Oak Bay Police located several vehicles which had been vandalized in the 2400 to 2600 block of Beach Dr. and the 1900 block of Crescent Rd. The suspect(s) threw large rocks at parked vehicles damaging the rear windows. The vehicles were all unoccupied at the time. Police are continuing the investigation. (OB 2024-76 & 77 & 78)

Fail to Remain at the scene of a Collision:

On January 14, 2024, at 1055 hours, the Oak Bay Police were on patrol around Beach Dr. and Newport Ave., when a citizen flagged police down to advise their parked and unoccupied vehicle had been struck by a pick-up truck. The truck failed to remain at the scene of the collision. Police conducted patrols and located the truck pulled down a side road a short distance away. The truck was missing a wheel. The damage to each vehicle was estimated to be over $10,000. The driver, a 34-year-old-male, made no effort to stop at the scene of the collision. The truck in question had no insurance (expired 2 years prior) and was also bearing incorrect licence plates. The male driver was issued the following Violation Tickets: No Insurance S. 24(3)(b) MVA $598; Fail to Stop after a Collision with an Unattended Vehicle S. 68(2) MVA $196; Wrong Number Plate S. 13(1)(c) MVA $109, as well the driver was issued a Notice and Order for the vehicle to be removed from the highway until in compliance with the Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations, which requires the vehicle to go through a vehicle inspection. The licence plates were seized and returned to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. (OB24-97)

Excessive Speed:

On January 14, 2024, at 2030 hours, the Oak Bay Police were conducting speed on Beach Dr near Newport Ave, which is a posted 40km/h speed limit. Police observed a vehicle travelling Northbound and noted it to be travelling more than 40km/h. A Lidar speed measuring device was used to capture the speed of the vehicle and it was travelling 89km/h. A traffic stop was conducted, and the driver was identified as a 21-year-old male. The male was issued a Violation Ticket for Excessive Speed S. 148(1) MVA $368, and his vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days. (OB 24-101)

If you have information regarding these or any other crimes in Oak Bay, please phone the police department at 250-592-2424 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

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