A suspected thief was found with a car stolen from a Royal Jubilee Hospital health care worker and a loaded improvised firearm.

According to an emailed statement from VicPD, on Monday March 30th, at approximately 12:30 p.m., a traffic officer spotted a stolen vehicle parked in the 1700-block of Douglas Street.

According to police, the vehicle was stolen the night before from the residence of a Royal Jubilee Hospital health care worker.

The officer called in for backup when he noticed the vehicle was running and occupied by a man in the driver’s seat.

The suspect was arrested once additional officers arrived. Police searched the vehicle and found a loaded improvised firearm, drugs, stolen property, and other weapons, including knives and a baton.

The improvised firearm, also known as a “Zip Gun,” was loaded with 12-gauge shotgun shells.

There were no injuries during the arrest.

Due to medical concerns, the man was transported to Royal Jubilee Hospital – of all places, and then later released to the police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact VicPD at their non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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