Victoria police continue to investigate a robbery at a home in the 1300-block of Topaz Avenue that took place at approximately 8:50 a.m. Tuesday.
Police say suspects fled in a blue Volkswagen Jetta with reflective tape on the bumper. As of 9:30 a.m. four police cars, a forensic truck and an ambulance were on scene at the home.
The homeowners are an older, retired couple who were believed to have been home at the time of the break in, suggesting it was a home invasion. The woman was seen leaving the home by ambulance, though on her own accord.
“[A call] came in that items were taken from the residence, initially treated it as a home invasion but that’s not confirmed until we get full statement from the residents,” said Acting Sgt. Jan Malinosky. “It’s alarming if someone’s victimized in their house.”
Officers from multiple division are investigating 2 events that occurred today, a home invasion & a car fire. It it too early in our investigation to conclude that these two events are linked. #F185310
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) February 6, 2018
Next door neighbour Jeff Peters had left his home at about 8:15 a.m. to take his kids to school.
“It was quiet when I left and I came back to [three cop cars and an ambulance],” Peters said. “It’s worrisome for us, I have two young daughters. It’s more worrisome for [the neighbours].”
Approximately an hour later at 10:19 a.m., police were called to a car fire in an apartment complex on Washington Avenue. The car engulfed in flames was a blue Volkswagen Jetta with reflective tape on the bumper.
In a statement issued late Tuesday afternoon, VicPD said it is too it is too early to say if the two events are related. Witnesses with information about the home invasion, or who may have seen the blue VW Jetta driving erratically on Finlayson Ave. or Blanshard St. are asked to all the non-emergency line at 250-995-7654 or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
– With files from Travis Paterson