(VicPD)

Victoria Police Strike Force officers seized about $30,000 worth of stolen property following a raid on a storage locker.

On Tuesday, VicPD began investigating a man suspected to be in possession of a large amount of stolen property. At 5 p.m. the same day, VicPD executed a search warrant on a storage locker belonging to the man in the 3900-block of Quadra Street.

Recovered items included power tools, liquor, and a 65″ TV – most of the items are traceable and will be returned to the rightful owners, according to police. Some of the stolen property had the anti-theft tags still attached.

Police say since March 15th, property crimes in Victoria and Esquimalt have increased by roughly 25 per cent, and overall calls for service have risen 22 per cent.

VicPD said Strike Force officers are actively working to combat this trend, and are already focused on their next prolific property offender.

On Wednesday, 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.

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.