Saanich Police warn after a series of break and enters near University Heights

The latest incident occurred on Tuesday around 6:20pm near University Heights. The homeowner had just returned home and found an unidentified man inside the home stealing items.

A series of break and enters in the late afternoon hours and into the early evening around the Shelbourne St corridor/University Heights area is concerning to the Saanich Police.

Police say there have been 14 residential Break and Enters in the Shelbourne St corridor and near the area of University Heights dating back to November 25, 2015.

The latest incident occurred on Tuesday around 6:20pm near University Heights. The homeowner had just returned home and found an unidentified man inside the home stealing items.

The homeowner chased the man out of the home and tackled him, causing him to drop most of the property; the man then got up and fled. Saanich Police were contacted and immediately flooded the area with Officers and a Canine Unit however they were unable to locate the suspect.

Saanich Police describe the suspect as a White Male, 30-50 years old, shorter than 6 feet tall, an average build, and having a full beard.

“At this time we cannot say, with certainty, that all these incidents are related or involve the same suspect however there is a similar pattern” A/Sgt. Jereme Leslie said. “In most circumstances the Break and Enters occurred on ground floor apartments, townhomes or the ground floor of single family homes and mostly involved unlocked/unsecured doors”.

Saanich Police advise against approaching an intruder as this can be very dangerous. Call 9-1-1 immediately and get the best description of the suspect to assist Police in their investigation.

People are reminded to lock their doors and windows and ensure sliding patio doors are properly secured with a lock.

Anyone who may have further information about these incidents are asked to contact the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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