(Black Press Media file photo)

(Black Press Media file photo)

Thief rips hand dryer off wall of Oak Bay business

Hit and run, theft from vehicle, scam among week’s calls to police

A pair of businesses are missing air hand dryers after someone swiped one right off the wall of an Oak Bay business. On Feb. 2, the Oak Bay police were called to the 2100-block of Oak Bay Avenue for the report of a customer stealing a Dyson Airblade V, ripping it from the wall and leaving exposed wires. The complainant told police they were aware of a similar theft at a Saanich store.

It was among the 75 calls to police the week of Jan. 31 to Feb. 7.

An Oak Bay resident fell prey to a fraudster – losing cash – as reported to police on Feb. 4.

The resident received an email from someone claiming to be from the Geek Squad – Federal Division. The scammers told the target that they owed money for service on their computer 18 months earlier. The fraudster requested payment in Google Play cards and requested photos of the cards and the code on the back. The resident was later notified by their bank that their online banking password had been changed. Funds had been withdrawn from their account.

On Feb. 1 Oak Bay police were called to the 2500-block of Bowker Avenue where a resident reported their vehicle was hit Jan. 31 around 7:30 p.m. and the other driver did not stop or provide information. A neighbour’s surveillance system captured the incident on video.

On Feb. 5, an officer stopped a vehicle travelling westbound on Cadboro Bay Road at Cranmore Road. While speaking with the 18-year-old driver, the officer determined the teen was prohibited from driving and impounded the vehicle for seven days.

On Feb. 2, the Oak Bay police received a theft from auto report in the 2400-block of Central Avenue. Police say the theft occurred overnight and the vehicle was believed to be unlocked.

Anyone with information on these or any crime is asked to call Oak Bay police at 250-592-2424 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


 

Do you have a story tip? Email: c.vanreeuwyk@blackpress.ca.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

oak bay police

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A decade into the 100-year blueprint for restoring the Bowker Creek watershed, Soren Henrich, director of the Friends of Bowker Creek Society, feels positive about the future of conservation and daylighting of the creek. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Ten years in, Greater Victoria’s 100-year Bowker Creek blueprint gets a boost

Victoria council passes several restoration recommendations

During a press event on March 6, Const. Alex Berube, media relations officer for the West Shore RCMP, addressed a deadly shooting that occurred in Metchosin the night before. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
VIDEO: One man shot dead in ‘targeted incident’ on Sooke Road

Highway 14 reopens following multi-hour closure for investigation

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

A resurfacing of the tennis court in Metchosin is being eyed for the community. However, funding opportunities still need to be solidified for the project. (Michelle Cabana/Black Press Media)
Renewed surface eyed for Metchosin tennis court

Funding source must first be solidified in order for project to happen

The James C Richardson Pipe Band marches in a Remembrance Day parade on Nov. 11, 2019 in Chilliwack. Wednesday, March 10 is International Bagpipe Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of March 7 to 13

International Bagpipe Day, Wash Your Nose Day and Kidney Day are all coming up this week

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Ex-B.C. teacher who was CFL kicker charged with assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Sweet taught in Mission School District for 10 years, investigators seek further witnesses

(Black Press Media files)
Medicine gardens help Victoria’s Indigenous kids in care stay culturally connected

Traditional plants brought to the homes of Indigenous kids amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Personal protective equipment is seen in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
$16.9 million invested to improve worker safety, strengthen B.C.’s food supply chain

Money to be used for social distancing, personal protective equipment, cleaning, and air circulation

More than ever before, as pandemic conditions persist, the threat of data breaches and cyberattacks continues to grow, according to SFU professor Michael Parent. (Pixabay photo)
SFU expert unveils 5 ways the COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed cybersecurity

Recognizing these changes is the first in a series of steps to mitigate them once the pandemic ends, and before the next: Michael Parent

Kevin Haughton is the founder/technologist of Courtenay-based Clearflo Solutions. Scott Stanfield photo
Islander aims Clearflo clean drinking water system at Canada’s remote communities

Entrepreneur $300,000 mobile system can produce 50,000 litres of water in a day, via solar energy

Most Read