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It seems the modern-day pirate has docked in Cadboro Bay, prompting police to step up patrols to curb a spike in local thefts, mischief and noise complaints over the past few months.

Saanich Police say area residents and the marine community continue to raise concerns about criminal activities, reportedly being carried out by a small group of people living on boats in the bay.

“For example, one person reported that while asleep on their boat, they were woken by someone attempting to steal various items outside,” according to police, who believe thieves are “using the cover of darkness” to carry out their crimes.

Because Cadboro Bay is bordered by the municipalities of Saanich and Oak Bay, with the waters of the bay itself under the jurisdiction of RCMP, Saanich PD say the area presents a “unique situation.”

It’s leading officers to team up with Oak Bay Police, BC RCMP West Coast Marine Services, and the BC RCMP’s Federal Shiprider Program to crack down on crime and conduct nighttime deployments, keeping watch to catch the suspected criminals.

“Last week, Thomas Cudworth, 33, and Jack Chisholm, 23, who live on their vessels in Cadboro Bay, were observed by police for failing to abide by court-imposed conditions,” Saanich PD said Friday.

“As a result, warrants have been issued for their arrests, and officers are currently seeking their whereabouts,” they added.

At this time, Cadboro Bay residents are asked to report all suspicious activities observed to Saanich PD at (250) 475-4321. To make an anonymous report, tipsters can reach Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.

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