Media Releases

Saanich Police received a bear sighting in the 5700 block of West Saanich Rd. Please keep your pets and garbage inside. Conservation has been notified.
Cst MCDONALD #178
The Saanich Police are warning residents of an aggressive new phone scam that is happening this week. In some cases, the scammers have changed their call display to show “Saanich Police Department” or display the SPD main phone number of “250-475-4321”.
The callers are claiming that a breach has occurred with the recipient’s SIN number and are asking to verify the last 3 digits of the SIN card. The scammers then threaten the person that they owe money because their card have been compromised.
The scammers are being extremely aggressive and demanding that people withdraw money from their bank accounts and then deposit it into local Bitcoin machines. ITunes cards (and subsequent numbers) are also being requested from residents. To date, none of the residents have reported losing any money.
If the recipient expresses concern to call or attend the Police department to ensure validity, the scammers continue to impersonate the police and threaten to arrest them as soon as they attend the police department.
"The Saanich Police will never call you and ask you to withdraw money or direct you to Bitcoin machines," stated Detective Sergeant Damian Kowalewich. "If you suspect that a scammer has called, document the caller ID number and hang up. Do not provide any personal information to the caller. We are also asking residents to share details of this recent scam with any vulnerable persons in their lives.”
If you suspect that you have received a call from one of these scammers please report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm
D/Sgt. Damian Kowalewich
At 640am, Saanich Police, with the assistance of Saanich Fire and BC Ambulance attended to a reported collision on the Pat Bay Highway adjacent to Beaver Lake Park.
A vehicle, traveling northbound on Pat Bay, struck a deer. After the impact, the driver slowed and was struck from the rear by another vehicle. The impact with the deer sent it into the southbound lanes of the Pat Bay where it was struck a second time by a vehicle traveling southbound.
The second deer strike resulted in another set of rear-end collisions.
Six vehicles in total were involved, with four requiring Totem Towing to remove the vehicles from the highway. Ambulance attended to two of the drivers, but none of the drivers required transport to the hospital.
With the morning darkness during the commute, Saanich Police are reminding drivers to leave adequate space to stop or take action in the event of an emergency. At a highway speed of 80 km/h, a vehicle is travelling almost 20 metres per second. Distance is required to provide adequate time to stop or take action to avoid the car in front.
With incidents on both side of the highway requiring tow trucks and emergency personnel, the highway was congested for approximately 30-40 minutes with a backlog of traffic for the morning commute into Victoria.
The deer was last seen running east bound from the highway.
Det S/Sgt. Horsley
 
At approximately 11pm on Halloween night, a patrol officer came upon a fight in progress on Lansdowne Rd at Aldridge St in Saanich. The officer came upon a fracas in the roadway involving a group of people who fled upon police arrival.
The investigation by the Uniform Division officers located a victim, a 20-year old male resident of Victoria, who attempted to intervene in a physical fight between two females. He was then assaulted by another male who stabbed the victim with a screwdriver. The victim was transported to hospital with injuries including cuts and scratches.  He also sustained one significant puncture wound that penetrated his lung. The victim remains in hospital with a collapsed lung, and is being treated. He was listed in critical, but stable condition.
The suspect, a 24-year old male from Saanich, was arrested at the scene. The Saanich PD K9 unit was able to locate what is believed to be the weapon in the bushes nearby.
Charges being recommended to Crown Counsel include Aggravated Assault, Assault with a Weapon, Fail to Comply with Recognizance, and Fail to Comply with Probation.
Alcohol appears to have been a contributing factor.
Det. Staff Sergeant Chris Horsley #50
Saanich Police wish to thank our media partners, and the public, for the quick assistance to our appeal for information regarding the stolen aquatic wheelchair from the Gordon Head Rec Centre.
SaanichPolice received tips today relating to the suspect in the video, and also the potential location of the wheelchair. Callers were aware of the theft from viewing social media websites including the Crimestoppers Facebook account. One caller believed the wheelchair was listed for sale on the Internet, linked to a business in the City of Victoria.
Late this afternoon, Saanich detectives attended a pawn shop located in the City of Victoria and confirmed the stolen wheelchair was at the store. Shortly thereafter, detectives were able to locate and arrest the individual believed to be responsible for the theft. The pawn shop was cooperative with police in this investigation.
A 51-year old Central Saanich resident was arrested and transported to the Saanich Police. He is currently facing criminal charges relating to the theft of the wheelchair which will be returned shortly to the recreation centre pool so that users can have access to it. One count of "theft under $5000" will be recommended to Crown Counsel.
Thanks for the assistance.
Det. Staff Sergeant Chris Horsley #50

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