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Saanich Police nab ‘prolific’ thief who stole items from nearly two dozen vehicles


An investigation has been in the works since January to figure out who was behind over 20 thefts from vehicles in Saanich and surrounding areas. 

On Wednesday, March 22nd, Saanich Police’s Street Crime Unit executed a search warrant on a home in the 1500-block of North Dairy Road with the help of the Greater Victoria Emergency Team (GVERT).

Police searched the home and found over 100 bank cards, drivers licences, passports, work ID tags, laptops and other personal items.

According to Saanich Police, some of the bank cards found had been used to make fraudulent purchases. 

Police now need to process the items in order to figure out if they can be connected to specific crimes, then the items will be returned to their rightful owners. 

One arrest was made at the scene. A 45-year-old Saanich man has been charged with breach of release, and one count of possession of stolen property.

Other charges of possession of stolen property, fraud, and identity theft are being investigated.

“The suspect was well-known to police for similar offences over the years,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. 

“This is a good reminder for everyone to try their best to remove important personal and valuable items from their vehicle when left unattended.” 

“Most of these thefts occurred in public parks when the occupants left their valuables hidden in their vehicles before they set off for a walk or hike.”

Victoria Buzz Staff
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