A Langford store was the site on Thursday of what police are saying is the latest in a string of attacks involving bear spray.
West Shore RCMP say officers were dispatched at approximately 6 p.m. on April 22 for a report of attack at the Devonshire Market, located at 808 Goldstream Avenue.
The downtown Langford business owner, Anoop Dhami, said he had caught a man attempting to steal an item.
Dhami told the man to leave. As the man exited, he made comments about lighting fires.
Shortly afterwards, Dhami noticed the smell of bear spray and called 911.
Officers determined that the man had sprayed bear spray into the main area of the store through an external vent.
West Shore RCMP say this is the fourth incident involving bear spray in the last week that they have responded to.
The store owner did not suffer any injuries and police are still investigating to identify the suspect.
He is described as a white male, wearing camo print cargo style shorts, a paint splattered grey long sleeve T shirt with SUNDOWN written on the front, white shoes and a black mask.
The RCMP have released photos of the suspect from the store’s surveillance system.
Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to contact the West Shore RCMP at (250) 474-2264, or contact our local CRIMESTOPPERS at (250) 475-4260.