School Liaison Officer Const. Natalie Mishrigi talks to Grade 1 students about what she does and answers questions at Glenlyon Norfolk School. (Glenlyon Norfolk School/Twitter)

School Liaison Officer Const. Natalie Mishrigi talks to Grade 1 students about what she does and answers questions at Glenlyon Norfolk School. (Glenlyon Norfolk School/Twitter)

POLICE BRIEFS: Cabbie jilted $50 fare in Oak Bay

School liaison officer issues 5 tickets, 6 warnings to drivers in school zones

A taxi driver left in the lurch called police after a $50 fare fled in Oak Bay last week.

The cabbie called Oak Bay police on Jan. 23 just after 3 a.m. ,after his fare left saying she would get money. She did not return. She is described as Caucasian, about 25, 5’6” with a slim build and black hair. She wore a nose ring, pink coat and cream coloured pants.

Man makes off with blender, mail

Police are looking for a 20- to 30-year-old man after a break in and theft of mail and more in the 2000-block of Oak Bay Avenue.

A building manager reported the damage and theft Jan. 28. He told police a man broke into the apartment building just before 6 a.m. and broke into mailboxes, then proceeded down the hallway and unlocked different storage and utility rooms. A blender and a bag containing unknown items were stolen. The man also damaged a scooter in a failed attempt to steal it. The incident was captured on video.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, 5’8” to 6’ with a stocky build. He was wearing a khaki parka with a fur-lined hood, blue jeans, white sneakers with black laces, white olive coloured backpack with orange on the top and straps.

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Liaison promotes school zone safety

Over the week Oak Bay police school liaison officer Const. Natalie Mishrigi issued five tickets and six warnings to drivers in school zones.

ICBC data shows that every year, an average of 370 children are injured in crashes while walking or cycling in B.C. Of those injuries, 66 occur in school and playground zones.

In a school or playground zone, the fines for speeding range from $196 to $253. Despite the costly consequences, over 6,940 drivers were ticketed for speeding in school and playground zones in B.C. last year.

Also last week Mishrigi enjoyed interacting with a local Grade 1 class sharing the different tools police officers use and answering questions.

Cyclist hits taxi

A cab suffered damage after a strike by a cyclist who didn’t stop to talk.

On Jan. 29 just after 1 a.m., a taxi driver reported a cyclist had run into the back of his parked taxi in the 2000-block of Cedar Hill X Road. The report stated that the cyclist fell but got up and rode away westbound on Cedar Hill X Road without providing his information. The taxi driver believed the cyclist was intoxicated.

The taxi, legally parked at the time of the collision, suffered damage on the driver’s side rear corner including a broken tail light assembly and impact marks on the body work and paint. The cyclist was described as a man of medium build, aged 40 to 50 and wearing jeans and a blue jacket.

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Mirrors down on Beach

A pair of cars suffered mirror damage overnight and were discovered Jan. 29.

A driver noticed their vehicle’s driver side mirror was smashed while parked in the 100-block of Beach Drive. An officer found another vehicle in the same block had similar damage. Police have no leads to identify a suspect.

Sleeping it off

A man passed out in his car faces a court date after police were called Jan. 30.

Oak Bay police says officers were called to the 2500-block of Cadboro Bay Road where someone says a man had been in a vehicle for 30 minutes with the lights on. When the man woke, police conducted an impaired investigation. As a result the man’s licence was seized and he was issued numerous documents including a future court date.

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