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If you have any information about these crimes, or any person(s) involved, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a Web Tip . You do not have to give your name. You do not have to testify in court and you will remain anonymous. CRIME STOPPERS will pay a cash reward of up to $2,000.00 for information that leads to an arrest and charge, or seizure of drugs or property.

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Illegal Tobacco

The Province of BC estimates it loses 200 Million Dollars each year in lost tax revenue due to the sale of illegal tobacco. Proceeds from the sale of tobacco can be linked directly to organized crime, which funds their criminal activities that occur in our communities

If you purchase illegal tobacco, do you know what you are smoking? Foreign substances such as rodent feces, insects and mold have been found in these cigarettes, as there is zero quality control when they are manufactured.

If you know someone selling Illegal Tobacco and you would like to report them anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or click the ‘Submit A Tip’ button above.

Buying and selling illegal tobacco – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

 

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Saanich Police are asking for help in identifying the pair shown in the pictures. They are the suspects in a theft from a store in Tillicum Mall.

The thieves stole a Paslode 7 volt impulse cordless 16 gauge nail gun valued at $680.00 and escaped via the emergency exit setting off the alarm.

The theft took place on Monday March 21st in the late afternoon.

If you know who they are, you can tell us anonymously by calling 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip online here by clicking the ‘Submit A Tip’ button above.

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Saanich Police are currently investigating a Suspicious Circumstance/Attempted Break & Enter that occurred April 11th, at Uptown Shopping Centre around 11:40pm.

The 2 males in the pictures are the suspects in question and Police would like to identify them.

If you recognize either suspect in the pictures and you want to tell us their name(s) anonymously, please click the ‘Submit A Tip’ button above or call 1-800-222-8477.

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Break and Enter

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On April 9, 2022, at around 4.30pm, the owner of a house in the of 3900 block of Tudor Avenue reported their residence had been broken into whilst they had been out for the afternoon.

An unknown suspect had broken into the house via a patio door and once inside targeted the bedrooms and some other rooms that had valuable items in. Stolen was a large collection of high-end jewelry, handbags, watches and clothing. Brands included Dior, Swarovski, Burberry, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel.

A Max Mara white Teddy Bear coat and red Swarovski Passage watch were stolen.. Also stolen are 30 antique Chinese coins similar to the ones pictured, they are worth around $20,000 each.

The suspect placed the stolen items in a black canvas sack stolen from the house and it appears that they were on foot when they committed the offence.

If you know who carried out this break and enter or know where the stolen goods are then please tell us anonymously. Call 1-800-222-8477 or  submit a tip online here by pressing the tip submit button.

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Sooke Business B&E

Sooke RCMP are asking for your assistance to ID these individuals who were responsible for a Break & Enter to the Esso Gas Station located in the 5500 block of Sooke Road. The crime took place on December 6th, 2021, but Police have not yet been able to identify them through other investigative means.

The suspects kicked the front door glass before entering the store and stealing numerous products from within.

The suspects arrived and departed in a white Chevrolet Express Panel Van but were unable to make out a license plate from the footage collected. Notice the large patch of missing paint on the hood.

If you recognize either suspect, suspect clothing or the van and you want to tell us who they are anonymously, please click the ‘Submit A Tip’ button above or call 1-800-222-8477.

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Saanich Police are asking for help to identify the person shown in the pictures.

They are a suspect in a fraud case where stolen credit cards were used to illegally buy goods.

If you recognize them and wish to tell us anonymously who they are please click the ‘Submit A Tip’ button above, or call 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

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WEST SHORE SEXUAL ASSAULTS 

West Shore RCMP is seeking public assistance in identifying a suspect after receiving two reports of a youth being sexually assaulted in Colwood.

Two youth victims reported similar circumstances in separate incidents where a man in the 1900 Block of Sooke Road approached them and asked for directions. While the man was engaging with the victim, he was subtly groping them.

The first incident happened on January 27, 2022, just after 4:00 p.m. The second incident happened on March 24, 2022, just before 10:00 p.m. near a bus stop and the victim reports the suspect left when another male approached.

The suspect is described as:

– dark skinned
– male
– thick accent
– 5 ft 5 in – 5 ft 8 in
– mid 40-50 years old
– slim to medium build
– thick black eyebrows and sideburns
– at the time of the incident on March 24, 2022 he was wearing a red and white baseball cap with cursive writing, green jacket and dark hood pulled up.

If you recognize the suspect and you want to remain anonymous, please click the ‘Submit a Tip’ button above, or call 1-800-222-8477

File # 2022-1500 & 2022-4857

 

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Shred-A-Thon

SHRED-A-THON

Do you have personal documents that required safe and secure destruction after your spring cleaning?

Well, if you do, we have a Shred-A-Thon event happening at Juan de Fuca Rec Centre on April 9th from 9am-12pm.

This is a fundraiser for your Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers, so we ask for a minimum donation of $10.00 per box.

All funds that are raised go directly to Greater Victoria Crime Stopper, so we can pay our Tipster’s CASH REWARDS!

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March is Fraud Awareness Month, and local Police encourage you to protect yourself from fraud by learning how to recognize it. Helpful information on common scams can be found at www.antifraudcentre.ca.

If you are unsure if you are being targeted for a scam, call your local Police and find out for sure. Better to be safe than sorry.

Anyone with information that may assist in identifying or locating the people responsible for these crimes are asked to call Police, or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or click the ‘Submit A Tip’ button above.

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Theft of Parcels.

Saanich Police would like help in identifying this porch pirate, who stole several Amazon parcels from an address in the 3200 block of Eldon Place.

The brazen theft occurred on March 3rd the suspect gained entry to the lobby where they went on to steal the parcels awaiting collection by residents. The total value of items stolen amounted to $600.

If you recognize them and can tell us who they are please call us 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online by clicking the ‘Submit a Tip’ button.

You will always remain anonymous and could earn a reward if your tip is successful.

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Suspect damages ATM

Saanich Police are asking for help in identifying the person in the pictures.

They are responsible for causing extensive damage to an ATM at a bank in the 3500 block of Uptown Boulevard. The incident took place on January 22nd at around 11.30pm.

The individual used multiple tools to commit the damage including a screw driver and super glue. The ATM camera and surrounding glass were damaged.

They are described as female, white, approximately 30 years old, and slim to medium build. They wore a bobble toque, glasses, a scarf and black running shoes with a white edge.

If you know who they are you can tell us anonymously by clicking the ‘Submit A Tip’ button above, or by calling        1-800-222-8477.

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Mail Thief in Saanich

Saanich Police are looking for your help in identifying this female in the picture. She is suspected of stealing mail from a home in the 300 Block of Burnside Road East.

The female suspect has medium length brown hair combed to one side, wearing a dark jacket, dark pants and wearing UGG Boots.

If you know who this suspect is and you want to tell us her name anonymously, please call us at 1-800-222-8477 or click the ‘Submit A Tip’ button above.

SA 22-695

 

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On January 10th at about 1:30am, the suspects in the pictures were responsible for a Break and Enter to a liquor store in the 5300 block of Cordova Bay Road. They gained entry to the store by reversing a stolen truck in through the doors. Numerous boxes of liquor were stolen, and the pair drove the truck out of the store to make good their escape.

Later that same day at about 4:15am, the truck and its occupants broke into a business in the 2900 block of Amy Road in Langford. In this case, multiple tools were stolen including a red Milwaukee toolbox and a Rigid 13.5” planer.

The vehicle was abandoned and has since been recovered by the police.

If you recognize these suspects  or know who committed these crimes, you can tell us anonymously by clicking the ‘Submit A Tip’ button above or call 1-800-222-8477

If successful, your tip could earn you a reward.

SA21-577

 

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January is National Crime Stoppers Month! Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers would like to take this opportunity to thank our community for supporting us through 2021.

In 2021, we received 1185 tips which helped our law enforcement partners to clear 72 cases.

The tips also recovered over 1.7 million dollars worth of property, cash and drugs!

Without your help, this would not have been possible. We would like to make 2022 as successful. Remember, you will always remain anonymous when you submit a tip. We do not want to know who you are, just your information about crime.

If your tip leads to an arrest, recovery of property, drugs, or is crucial to solving a crime, you could earn a cash reward of up to $2000.00.

Call us at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online at victoriacrimestoppers.ca

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Central Saanich Police Service are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying suspects who are responsible for committing 2 separate Break & Enters to 2 different Coop Gas Stations in their area.

The first Break & Enter took place on December 14th in the 2100 block of Keating Cross Road, where a single suspect got away with $3000.00 in stolen cigarettes. The suspect was described as potentially Caucasian male, slim/regular build, black hoody (up), black jacket/vest, blue jeans, dark boots, blue surgical face covering, and a black mesh bag. No usable picture of the suspect was obtained.

The second took place on December 16th in the 6700 block of West Saanich Road, where 2 suspects broke through the front door, but appear to have been spooked and ran away. Suspects wore dark clothing and gloves. Pictures of both suspects below.

If you have any information about either of these crimes, or if you know who is in possession of the stolen cigarettes and you want to remain anonymous, please call 1-800-222-8477. You may also submit a tip on our website by clicking the ‘Submit A Tip’ button above.

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Saanich Police would like help in identifying the people in the pictures. They are suspects in a fraud file, where stolen Store Credit cards were used, and over $7000 worth of items purchased on them in the Greater Victoria area alone. The suspects are 2 men and 2 women.

The suspects committed their illegal shopping spree out on 2 different occasions, once at the beginning of September and the second a month later at the beginning of October.

They are also suspected of carrying out similar crimes in other branches of the store across the Island. Total fraud amount is around $15,000.00.

If you know who any of these suspects are, or if you have been offered items for sale that you think have been bought fraudulently, you can tell us anonymously.

Call us at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip by clicking the ‘Submit a Tip’ button above.

If successful, you could earn a cash reward of up to $2000.00.

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Hey Greater Victoria
Saanich Police are looking to identify these 2 suspects who forced entry into an apartment building in the 4500 Block of West Saanich Road on December 5th.
They proceeded to the third floor where they entered an apartment building and stole approximately $100,000.00 in jewelry and electronics.
Yeah, that’s a lot of expensive stolen stuff!!!
Investigators have not been able to ID the suspects and are hoping you might be able to help.
If you can recognize either suspect or the clothing they are wearing and you want to tell us anonymously, please click the ‘Submit a Tip’ button above, or call 1-800-222-8477
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Sidney North/Saanich RCMP are looking for information and/or an ID of these suspects who were involved in a Break & Enter at the Home Hardware in Sidney. The crime took place on November 10th, around 4:50am. The suspects cut through the rear chain link fence and stole 4 generators, a snowblower, garden fountain, bird bath and Christmas lights.  Total value of the stolen items was close to $4000.00.

The suspect males were described as 23-35 years of age, all average height, medium build and drove an older silver sedan.

If you have any information about this crime or the suspects involved and you want to remain anonymous, please call 1-800-222-8477, or click the ‘Submit A Tip’ button above

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Saanich Police would like to warn everyone that there has been a recent rash of vehicle break-ins in municipal parks.

Please ensure that you target-harden your vehicle, by removing ALL items from view and ensuring that your doors are locked.

Most stolen items from vehicles

Remember that what’s in your vehicle is also at risk. According to police reports, these items are the most popular:

1. Smartphones

2. Personal electronics—tablets, laptops, iPods, GPS

3. Work tools

4. Credit cards and identification

5. Stereo equipment

6. Cash and change

7. Car parts and accessories

8. Garage door openers

9. Sunglasses

10. Keys

For more tips on how to prevent theft from auto, please visit: https://icbc.com/road-safety/prevent-autocrime

If you know someone who is stealing from vehicles and you want to tell us their name anonymously, please click the ‘Submit a Tip’ button above or call 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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Oak Bay Police are looking for the publics assistance in solving an Attempted Child-Abduction.

On November 5th at 3:04pm a 12-year-old female was walking home from school and was approached by an unknown male in a vehicle. The male asked her name and kept following her in his vehicle. The male “stated “I have candy, I’ll take you home”. The victim did not engage with the male and fled back to her school.

The suspect is described as male, olive complexion, 50-60 years of age, oval face, greying brown spiked hair, tattoos on neck and arms, short sleeve blackish green shirt, black jeans with a belt and he wore a chunky gold ring on his right hand. His vehicle was an older model dark green convertible with an off-white fabric top.

If you have any information on who this suspect is and you want to remain anonymous, please call 1-800-222-8477.  You may also submit a tip by clicking the ‘Submit A Tip’ button above.

 

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House Window Shot At.

Sooke RCMP are appealing for information relating to a file they are currently investigating.

At about 7.15pm on October 29th a house in the 2500 block of Farmer Drive had shots fired at it. This resulted in one shot going through the houses living room window. Thankfully nobody was injured but the resident was left shaken by the incident.

If you know who was responsible for the shooting you can tell us anonymously by calling 1-800-1222-8477, or submit a tip online by clicking the tip submit button.

We can pass along your information and you will always remain anonymous.

 

 

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Saanich Police Financial Crimes Section are warning about an increase in cryptocurrency frauds being reported in Saanich, resulting in the loss of over a million dollars. A handful of files investigated since mid-July have seen a total combined loss for these victims reach $1.4 million.

Some of the files being investigated originate with a fake investor contacting their victims via online messaging platforms such as WhatsApp or WeChat. Instructions are provided on how they can quickly make money investing, and eventually convince the victim to move money into a cryptocurrency trading platform. When the fraudster shows them that the money has quickly grown, they ask for more money, and the trend continues.

It is important for people to understand that once they move money into cryptocurrency, it cannot be retrieved. These files can be difficult for police to investigate as they often involve multiple layers of fraud and tracking the origins of the fraudster usually points to overseas.

How can you protect yourself, friends and loved ones from these scams?

  • Do your own research before investing any money, anywhere:

– Check out legitimate websites for information/warnings, including the BC Securities Commission and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

– Web search the investment platform and read reviews to the platforms/website (fake ones can be very convincing).

– Ask your local bank, investor, financial planner about it

– Ask trusted friends and family

  • Be suspicious of anyone giving you financial advice who you don’t know personally, face to face
  • Check the credentials of any financial investor you take advice from BEFORE investing your money.
  • Take your time and do your due diligence before giving anyone money.

“The significance and sophistication of these types of scams are evolving and are larger than ever. Please protect your assets and sensitive personal information.”

Many of these scams have targeted members of our Asian community is Saanich. For current information that is also translated, we encourage visiting the Anti-Deception Coordination Centre website.

Victims are encouraged to contact the Police to file a report. Additional resources can be found at the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, BC Securities Commission, Equifax Canada and Transunion.

Anyone with information is asked to call Saanich Police non-emergency line at 250-475-4321. Alternatively, they can report information anonymously to the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Hey Greater Victoria & Airbnb Owners

We are putting this out to warn you about a recent VicPD file where these 2 suspects rented a local Airbnb and stole 2 high end bikes belonging to the owners, after using the key fobs to gain access to their storage lockers.

Sadly, for these two suspects, we can share their pictures with you all so we can identify them and have them arrested.

If you are an Airbnb owner, please ensure that the renters only have access to what they need and if you have key fobs, please disallow access to things such as storage lockers.

If you know who either of these suspects are and you want to tell us their names anonymously, please click the ‘Submit A Tip’ button above, or call 1-800-222-8477.

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Saanich Police are asking for your assistance in identifying this male who on September 19th, walked over and smashed the window of a vehicle while it was stopped at a red light on Gorge Road West.

The suspect is described as a white male, about 25-30 years of age, wearing a black hoodie, maroon backpack and carrying a skateboard.

If you recognize him and you want to tell us his name anonymously, please call 1-800-222-8477, or click the ‘Submit A Tip’ button above.

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VicPD Officer Assaulted

VicPD Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit are asking for a witness to come forward after a Victoria Police Department Patrol officer was violently attacked in Banfield Park on Friday 3rd September just before 11.30pm.

The Patrol officer was on foot in the area of Banfield Park to check on a woman in distress.

At some point during or after that interaction the officer was violently attacked by an unknown suspect, who is described as a 40 to 50-year-old Caucasian man wearing a blue hooded sweater with white draw strings.

The officer broadcast for assistance over the radio and several additional officers deployed to the area. However, the suspect was not located.

Investigators are asking the unknown woman to come forward and speak with police, as she is believed to be a witness to this incident. She is described as an approximately 50-year-old Caucasian woman with grey hair, who appeared distraught. She spoke with the police officer shortly before 11:30 p.m. in a parking lot near Banfield park, in the 500-block of Craigflower Road.

If you know who assaulted the officer, or who the woman was that he was trying to assist, you can tell us anonymously. Your information will be passed to the investigators by us ensuring that nobody will know that you spoke out.

Please click the ‘Submit A Tip’ button above or call 1-800-222-8477

File: 21-36037

 

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Hoodie Thief

VicPD are looking to identify this male who on Aug 21st, entered a store in Mayfair Mall and walked away with a $100 Thrasher Hoodie. Staff attempted to confront the suspect, but he got away.

If you recognize this suspect and you want to tell us his name anonymously, please call 1-800-222-8477. You may also submit a tip here by clicking the ‘Submit a Tip’ button above.

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Dirt Bike Bandit

 

Sooke RCMP would like to identify the man in the pictures. He is a suspect in a theft where sheets of plywood wood were stolen from a property on Gillespie Road. The theft took place on 10th August and was captured on the homeowner’s security camera.

In addition to this theft the Police suspect the man could be involved with other thefts and damage to property that has happened in the vicinity. The cost of these incidents have amounted to several thousand dollars.

If you recognize the ‘Dirt Bike Bandit’ then tell us, we will pass your information to the Police and you will remain anonymous.

Call 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online here by clicking the ‘Submit a Tip’ button above.

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Project 529

Saanich and Victoria Police Departments along with our local RCMP Detachments, have all become part of North America’s biggest bike registration project.

Project 529 also known as Garage 529 have developed a huge data base for you to register your bike to. Once on there your bike can be identified and returned to you if it is stolen.

Project 529 can be accessed through the “Garage 529” app and online at https://project529.com/garage

Registration is easy, follow the steps and have your bike details on the data base in less than 5 minutes.

Once registered you can report your bike as stolen, identify any bikes you find and check that if you are buying a secondhand bike  it is legitimate.

Many local bike shops are partners of the program and once registered you get a shield to stick on your bike to show it is on the system.

Saanich Police Department are holding an open registration day on Friday August 5th at the Switch Bridge between 2pm-4pm.

 

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Saanich Police are investigating a Break & Enter that took place at a restaurant in the 4000 block of Shelbourne Street on June 18th around 4:25am.

The suspects picked the lock to the front door and stole money from inside the business.

If you recognize either suspect and you want to tell us their names anonymously, please call us at 1-800-222-8477, or click the ‘Submit A Tip’ button above.

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Be Fire Safe

Hey Greater Victoria

Needless to say we have recently been hit hard with some rather hot weather. The result of this is extremely dry grass and forested areas, that are the perfect fuel for fire.

We want to once again remind you all to ensure that you are using common sense and not lighting fires at this time. We also don’t want to see anyone tossing cigarette butts out the window.

If you see a fire, please call 911 immediately!

If you see anyone deliberately starting fires, please call Police/Fire. If you see someone tossing a cigarette butt out the window, please make note of their license plate and you can report it to Police, or anonymously through us by clicking the ‘Submit a Tip’ button above, or by calling us at 1-800-222-8477.

 

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