Saanich Police have confirmed they are investigating a break-and-enter at a cellphone kiosk in Uptown Shopping Centre, which resulted in thousands of dollars of electronics stolen.
According to Blackapple Cellular’s owner Mandeep Rana, the incident occurred on the evening of Thursday, April 9th between approximately 10:50 p.m. and 11 p.m.
There was an estimated $5000 in products stolen, including cellphones, wireless headphones, high-end bluetooth speakers, as well as phone cases and other accessories
Rana tells Victoria Buzz that the suspect broke in through the glass door by prying it open, and then proceeded to break some of the glass.
In the surveillance video, the suspect can be seen rummaging through products throughout the kiosk.
The local business owner has also stated that Uptown security immediately contacted Saanich Police following the incident.
“My advice for businesses that are open is to stay positive and not let unfortunate events like these bring morale down,” says Rana in a statement to Victoria Buzz.
“We are all in this together and the only way to survive is to stay together and do every bit we can to support our community.”
Blackapple Cellular continues to remain open, and currently is still providing cellphone repair and services via pickup and delivery.
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Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call Saanich Police at 250-475-4321. To report anonymously, please call the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).