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Thief caught on camera stealing from a non-profit shared workspace in Saanich


Victoria Makerspace, a member operated non-profit shared workspace, located in the Vancouver Island Tech Park, are asking the public for help. They are hoping someone will recognize the truck and man in the video stealing thousands of dollars of equipment.

The surveillance video shows a man with his truck backed up to a storage shed used by Victoria Makerspace to store equipment. The alleged thief can been seen cutting the lock with a pair of bolt cutters, then loading the truck up with an oxy-acetylene welder, a big old Miller arc welder, and a few assorted odds and ends.

Over 1,000 dollars used value. We’re not insured for that, we hope the public can help catch the person,” Sandy Beaman, a board member of Victoria Makerspace told Victoria Buzz.

The truck is described as:

  • Green Chevy 1500 4×4 pickup truck with a tonneau cover
  • Single cab
  • Has chrome step-up bars
  • Single cab – no pin stripe

Makerspace is a workspace where people can go to share tools and experience, and learn how to do any number of things, including welding, woodwork and electronics.

This sort of theft really hurts the community, and the people who make use of this wonderful shared resource,” said Nic Hume a regular at the space.

We are very sad and angered to say that Makerspace was robbed. Unfortunately, the camera images were not clear enough to get a picture of his license plate.

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

Victoria Buzz Staff
Your inside source for Greater Victoria happenings. Established in 2012.

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