Day of the Thief

Yesterday, three shoplifters were arrested within about two hours at the Safeway at Tillicum Mall.  Then a fourth shoplifter was arrested later in the shift at Save On Foods.

At about 1:15pm, Safeway Security contacted the Saanich Police about a shoplifter that had been caught. A 19 year old male Victoria resident with a lengthy history with local agencies was arrested by Saanich Police.

At around 3:30pm a couple was seen hiding some items on their person. Both were detained by store staff and Saanich Police were contacted. Arrested were a 31 year old male and a 19 year old female, both of no fixed address.

Once police arrived, it was found that the woman had an outstanding warrant from the Victoria Police for Theft and Possession of Stolen Property.

Later in the same shift, at about 7:30pm, another shoplifter was detained by store security at the Save On Foods store on Blanshard street. Saanich Police responded and a 26 year old woman, a Saanich resident, was arrested. She was well known to police with a history of theft related offences.

“Although we see shoplifters daily, it is unusual to see so many in such a short period of time on the same shift,” says Sgt. Dean Jantzen.

All four suspects were charged with Theft Under $5000 and released with a Promise to Appear and Undertakings with conditions on their behaviour. The female with the outstanding warrant was transported to the Victoria Police headquarters and held in custody to appear in court.

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