During the second Strike Force operation of the week, VicPD recovered stolen merchandise and a Taser from a Victoria residence on Wednesday.
On April 15, officers executed a search warrant at a residence in the 3100-block of Somerset Street – the home of a man suspected to be in possession of stolen goods.
According to a written statement, VicPD seized jewelry, clothing and other stolen goods – all with the tags still intact – along with a Taser “equipped with cartridges and capable of being discharged” during the search.
On Tuesday, Strike Force officers filled a pickup truck with stolen goods seized from a prolific property offender. On Wednesday, they conducted another operation & seized jewelry, clothing, and a taser. #yyj #teamwork #wearegoingtoneedabiggertruck
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) April 16, 2020
The Wednesday search was the Strike Force’s second stolen goods seizure of the week. In a separate search on April 14, VicPD removed about $30,000 worth of stolen items from a storage locker associated with a “known offender.” Police say investigations into both incidents are ongoing.
VicPD says the Strike Force will continue to combat property crime – a rising trend in Victoria and Esquimalt. Since mid-March, VicPD has seen the number of calls for service rise by 22 per cent and a 25 per cent increase in calls relating to property crime.
Anyone who recognizes the stolen property is asked to call the VicPD non-emergency line at 250-995-7654. By pressing #1, callers will be directed to the Report Desk. To make an anonymous report, call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.