Pellet gun vandalism hits urban Saanich

Two more car windshields shot out by pellets have been reported to Saanich police, following a rash of similar vandalism

Two more car windshields shot out by pellets have been reported to Saanich police, following a rash of similar vandalism earlier this summer.

Sgt. Steve Eassie says two reports came in on July 20 from a resident in the 3900-block of Cumberland Ave. who said their windshield and a neighbour’s were shot out by a pellet gun around July 6. The incidents weren’t reported to police until the residents caught wind of other pellet-related mischief in the municipality.

Between June 27 and July 9, multiple vehicle and storefront windows were shattered by pellets, with damage estimated at $20,000.

Eassie says investigators are interested in the most recent incidents, as they occurred in the Quadra-McKenzie area near Reynolds secondary, a very different area of Saanich than the other incidents, all in the more rural Elk Lake area.

“We’re still looking for information from the public on any of these,” he said. “I think it’ll be a situation where we will likely catch someone in the act, or someone will be checked at an odd hour of the evening and found in possession of a pellet gun, which may tie them to these incidents.”

Police are asking anyone with information on these incidents to call 250-475-4321.

kslavin@saanichnews.com