VicPD’s Strike Force team continues to send a message to property crime offenders.
On Wednesday, April 15th, VicPD officers from the specialized unit investigated a man they suspected to be in possession of stolen property. A search warrant was executed on a residence associated to him in the 3100-block of Somerset Street.
During the search of the home, police seized a variety of stolen items and a taser. The recovered property included a variety of jewelry and clothing with the tags still intact.
Police said the taser was equipped with cartridges and was capable of being discharged.
This seizure comes one day after officers from the Strike Force’s team raided a storage locker in the 3900-block of Quadra Street and located about $30,000 in stolen property, following an investigation into a man suspected to be in possession of a large amount of stolen property.
In a release, police said the specialized unit will continue to target property offenders in an effort to fight a rising trend of property crime in Victoria and Esquimalt.
Police say since March 15th, property crimes in the two municipalities have increased by roughly 25 per cent, and overall calls for service have risen 22 per cent.
West Shore RCMP also said they’ve seen a dramatic spike in property crime and will be bringing in additional officers to patrol the western communities.
Who are the Strike Force Team
According to VicPD, the Strike Force team use cutting-edge investigative techniques including clandestine surveillance, undercover operations and confidential information to identify, target, and arrest some of the most dangerous offenders in Victoria and Esquimalt.
Many Strike Force investigations are sparked by tips from the public.
Anyone with information about property crime offenders can call the Strike Force line directly call (250) 995-7260. To report what you know anonymously, call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.