New twist in case of bus stop masturbator

The strange case of the bus stop masturbator has taken a turn. Police now believe more than one person has been exposing himself to women in Greater Victoria.

Saanich police said Tuesday that investigators think there are at least two individuals, or someone altering their appearance, who are targeting women at bus stops.

“There are concerns over some of the descriptions, which is leading (investigators) to believe that there is more than one person doing the same kinds of acts in our community,” said Sgt. Dean Jantzen. “The belief is based on a shifting MO and the varied descriptions on some of these.”

Initially, Saanich and Victoria police were reporting this individual had been targeting women of Asian descent who were waiting for the bus.

Jantzen could not quantify how many incidents Saanich police are working on, but it is believed that there have been more than 20 instances since January.

“Whether there is a copycat at work or someone maybe on a dare or thrill-seeking type vein, we’re not sure,” Jantzen said.

The belief that a new individual may be involved came to light in the last two weeks.

Police are asking to speak with anyone who has not reported being victimized or who has witnessed any similar acts. Police are also hoping someone has captured photos or video of these incidents.

Information can be provided to Saanich police at 250-475-4321 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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