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Several outboard motors motors and a zodiac were stolen from a non-profit youth group in Gyro Park last week, according to Saanich Police.

The theft is believed to have occurred sometime on either Monday April 19 or Tuesday April 20. The unknown suspect(s) broke into a fenced compound at Gyro Park owned and operated by the 12th Garry Oak Sea Scouts.

Several outboard motors and a zodiac used for youth programming were stolen, including:

  • 1996 Honda 8HP (possibly white/red/black)
  • 2003 Honda 15HP (silver)
  • 2010 Suzuki 9.9HP (black)
  • 2013 Suzuki 9.9HP (black)
  • 2009 11.5’ 350 RIB HYP (colour unknown)

The total value of the motors is estimated at $11,700 while the 11.5’ rigid hull inflatable zodiac is valued at $3,500.

Saanich PD said this is the second time the organization has been the victim of a theft, following an incident in September 2020.

The Scouts are now without any outboards or zodiacs to run their youth programs.

“We are asking the public not only for information on the theft, but also to be mindful when purchasing used items such as motors,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades.

“Be wary of outboards that have been repainted, cosmetically altered, or have a tampered or missing serial number. When buying a used motor, the public can perform on online search through CPIC to determine if the item has been reported stolen.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321 or report anonymously through the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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