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Man’s arrest tied to more than 70 vehicles damaged in Victoria, Oak Bay

Two charges of mischief laid against Ryder Porrelli
A Victoria vehicle vandalism spree suspect faces charges as the investigation continues. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria police arrested a man who officers believe is responsible for damaging multiple vehicles in an early February vandalism spree.

Ryder Porrelli faces two charges of mischief in relation to the incidents.

Around 6 a.m. on Feb. 1, police received multiple reports of vehicles being vandalized in the Fernwood and Oak Bay areas. Later that evening, the lower Cook Street area was also targeted.

The damage ranged from deep scratch marks to smashed lights and dents. So far, more than 70 vehicles have been affected, with the total number still being determined through the ongoing investigation.

Camera footage and suspect descriptions helped police identify Porelli as a suspect in two of the vehicle-damaging incidents. Porrelli is in custody pending a court appearance and the remaining incidents are still being investigated.

VicPD Chief Del Manak said tips from the community were instrumental in identifying the suspect.

“Whether it is a single vehicle damaged or seventy, we know this is a massive inconvenience and significant cost to all impacted vehicle owners,” Manak said in a news release. “It is important we send a strong message that individuals will not get away with this type of behaviour in our communities.”

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