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Weekly Media Release for May 30 – June 5, 2022

The Oak Bay Police Department responded to 111 calls for service during this week.

On May 30, 2022, the Oak Bay Police received a report of a Telus Promotion scam. The complainant reported that they received a phone call from someone they believed was a Telus representative. The representative offered the victim an upgrade in their service as well as a significant discount. The offer was followed up by an email and a phone call advising the victim that a “credit test” needed to be conducted and requested the four digits of their SIN and bank name along with a credit card number to complete the transaction. The victim later determined that Telus was not running a promotion and was able to cancel their credit cards before they suffered any financial loss (OB 2022-1563)

On May 31, 2022, the Oak Bay Police Department received a report of an email fraud. The complainant reported that they had been in correspondence with a prospective employer and was in the final stages of a job interview when they received a follow up email requesting their Social Insurance Number and date of birth. Believing that the email came from the potential employer, the complainant provided the information. The complainant learned that the email had not come from the perspective employer and contacted police. (OB 2022-1580)

On May 31, 2022, the Oak Bay School Liaison Officer was made aware of damage and theft of equipment from storage containers belonging to the school. The theft and damage has been occurring for several months. Approximate value of damage and theft is estimated at $500.00. This investigation is ongoing (OB 2022-1582)

On June 2, 2022, the Oak Bay Police received a report of a Break and Enter that had just occurred in the 2000 block of Oak Bay Ave. The complainant reported seeing someone climb through the back window of the business and come out a short time later with a bag of items. The suspect was captured by CCTV leaving the building. The suspect is a female wearing a blue hoodie with white stripes on the sleeves, black pants with white stripes on the sides. She had her hood up, and wore a black mask, black shoes with white soles and carrying a light blue bag. This investigation is ongoing (OB 2022-1602)

On June 2, 2022, the Oak Bay Police received a report of a suspicious person in the 2000 block of McNeill Ave. The complainant reported that their CCTV system captured a male coming up their driveway and trying their car doors. The vehicles were locked, and the male walked away. The male was described a being 20-30 years old, wearing a dark jacket and pants. This investigation is ongoing (OB 2022-1603)

On June 3, 2022, the Oak Bay Police received a report of an internet scam. The victim reported that a pop up appeared on his computer indicting that their Microsoft program had been hacked and as a result their bank account had been compromised. The complainant called the number that was provided on the screen and spoke with a male who claimed to be from their bank. The victim subsequently withdrew $27,000 from their account and deposited into bitcoin machines, before realizing they had been scammed. This investigation is ongoing (OB 2022-1625)

On June 4, 2022, the Oak Bay Police received a report of a theft of auto in the 1500 block of Bee St. The complainant reported that they were waiting for the Tea Party parade and needed to return to their vehicle that was parked nearby. The complainant returned to where the vehicle had been parked and discovered it missing. The complainant then observed the vehicle drive past them a short time later on Hampshire Rd. The complaint called the police and reported that they observed two females in the vehicle and gave a direction of travel. Police attended but were unable to locate the vehicle. The vehicle is described as a 1900 Toyota Corolla, 4 doors, grey in colour, bearing BC license plate AP0 30C. This investigation is ongoing (OB 2022-1632)

On June 4, 2022, the Oak Bay Police received a report of a theft from auto in the 2000 block of Goldsmith St. The complainant reported that their vehicle had been broken into. The vehicle had been rifled through and several items were stolen from it. While the member was investigating this incident, they were made aware of a second vehicle that had also been broken into nearby. That vehicle had been rifled through as well and had items stolen from it. (OB 2022-1633)

On June 4, 2022, the Oak Bay Police Department received a complaint of a theft from the 1900 block of Bee St. The complainant reported that their blue beach bag had been stolen from a table. There are no suspects in this file (OB 2022-1654)

On June 5, 2022, the Oak Bay Police received a report of a theft from auto in the 1800 block of Foul Bay Rd. The complainant reported that their vehicle had been broken into. The suspect(s) rummaged through the vehicle and stole a pair of Nikon binoculars, a first aid kit and a cell phone charging cord. Total estimated value of loss $170. (OB 2022-1664)

The Oak Bay Police Department wishes to remind the community to report any incidents by phone. The Department’s email address is for general inquiries only and the messages are not monitored 24/7.

• To report an in-progress crime and for emergencies, call 9-1-1
• To report a non-emergency crime or matter, such as a tip or neighbourhood concern contact us at 250-592-2424.

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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