Victoria Police have arrested one woman in connection with seized weapons and a stolen bike from Topaz Park last weekend.
On April 18th at around 5:30 p.m., VicPD’s Community Services Division was on patrol in Topaz Park, and observed a woman in possession of a stolen bike.
The bike was stolen the previous day during a break and enter in the Saanich area.
The purple Juliana Joplin full suspension mountain bike was valued at around $8,000, and according to police, the suspect in question did not have a lawful reason for being in possession of it.
During the arrest of the woman for possession of stolen property, VicPD performed a search and found weapons, including a collapsible steel baton, a knife, and a hatchet on her person.
It was also discovered that the woman was prohibited from possessing weapons and from possessing bikes without written permission.
The recommended charges for the suspect include possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, failure to comply with a probation order, and failure to comply with an undertaking.
The stolen bike was later returned to the owner.
On the same day, VicPD also returned a separate stolen motorcycle back to the Island Motorcycle Company.
— Del Manak (@ChiefManak) April 21, 2020
VicPD states that this incident highlights some of the proactive work they are doing to combat a rising trend in property crime in the Topaz Park area.
In the area around Topaz Park specifically, VicPD has seen an increase in property crime from six reported property crime incidents in the week of March 15th to 21st, up to twenty in the week of April 12th to 18th.