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Weekly Media Release for Mar. 4 – Mar. 10, 2024

This is the media release for the week of March 4 to March 10, 2024. The Oak Bay Police Department responded to 79 calls for service this week.

Impaired Driver

On March 6, 2024, at 12:47 pm, the Oak Bay Police Department responded to a report of an impaired driver in the 2200 block of Bowker Ave. A concerned resident called to report that they had observed a man staggering to a vehicle while carrying a pack of beer. Upon police arrival, they located a 33-year-old man sitting in the driver’s seat and in care and control of the vehicle.  The officers determined the driver displayed symptoms consist with having consumed alcohol. The man was subsequently arrested and provided breath samples. The man was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded.  Police are recommending charges for Operation while impaired contrary to Section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (OB File 24-539)

Break and Enter to Residence

On March 7, 2024, at 8:15pm, the Oak Bay Police received a report of a Break and Enter to a residence in the 3000 Block of Ripon Rd.  The resident reported returning home from being away for a few days to discover that their residence had been broken into. The resident reported they found dirt tracked into the residence that led to a closet. The resident went into the closet and found some jewellery was missing. Further investigation revealed approximately $30,000 worth of jewellery was stolen. Saanich Police Department Forensic Identification Section attended and processed the scene. This investigation is on-going (OB File 24-549)

Fraud

On March 9, 2024, at 12:38pm, the Oak Bay Police received a report of a fraud in the 2200 block of McNeill Ave. The resident reported they received a message on Tik Tok from someone who liked a video the resident had posted and requested that they contact them. The resident responded to the message and the “agent” claimed that the video could be used to inspired other artists and sent them a $2000.00 cheque. The cheque was “sent”, but the “agent” contacted the complainant to advise them they had been over paid and requested they send back $1000.00 via e-transfer. The resident sent back $1000.00, before their bank was able to stop the transaction. This investigation is ongoing. (OB File 24-567)

Theft from Motor Vehicles

During this week, there were four thefts from motor vehicle files, all of which occurred in the late night, or early morning hours. Small amounts of money and personal items were stolen. Police would like to remind the public to lock vehicle doors and remove all valuables from your vehicle when not in use. Police will be continuing patrols during those times and are requesting the public’s assistance in reporting suspicious activity.

The thefts were reported from the 2000 block of Allenby St, Townley St, 3000 block of Redwood Ave. and 3000 block if Woodburn Ave. on March 9th and 10th.   (OB 24-561, 564, 576, and 577)

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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