Saanich woman helps police solve break and enter

An astute Quadra area resident is being credited for helping police solve a break and enter and theft in her neighbourhood earlier this month.

Around 3:40 p.m. on June 5, a woman contacted Saanich police reporting a group of four people acting in a suspicious manner carrying household items, including electronics and liquor.

"(She said they were) ducking and looking around feverishly, trying to avoid any detections. But unfortunately (for them) they appeared to have caused people to have their attention drawn to them," said Sgt. Steve Eassie.

The woman, in the 3900-block of Quadra St., provided detailed descriptions on the suspicious people, and a licence plate number of their vehicle.

Two hours later a resident in the 1100-block of Reynolds Rd. called police reporting his house had been robbed of a number of items, including electronics and liquor.

Saanich police requested the assistance of Victoria police officers to attend the Victoria home associated with the vehicle licence plate.

One male was arrested at the scene.

Eassie says investigators determined that Victoria officers actually stopped the vehicle a couple hours earlier, after the suspicious persons call to Saanich.

"They did speak with known parties in the vehicle, one who was well known to them, which is what prompted them to stop the vehicle," Eassie said. "A number of items were seized at the time, because no one would take ownership of those items." Those items were determined to belong to the Reynolds Road resident.

"Unfortunately the (Victoria officers) weren't aware we were looking to speak with the occupants (in the vehicle) at the time this occurred," Eassie added.

Charges of break and enter to commit theft and possession of stolen property against a 27-year-old Sooke female and a 25-year-old male from the Malahat area will be forwarded to Crown. The investigation is ongoing, and charges against the other two suspicious individuals may be considered.

"Without a doubt this incident may not have been solved, we may not have been able to link up the individuals and their actions throughout the day, without the assistance of the public," Eassie said. "This is another example of somebody observing something that just does not appear to be right in their community, and contacting us, which is entirely the correct thing to do."

Some of the items stolen have yet to be recovered.


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