UVIC break and enter investigation

Overnight Saturday, Jan. 7th, a break-in occurred in the Administration Building at the University of Victoria.

On Sunday, Saanich Police Forensic technicians scoured the scene of the break-in which was believed to have occurred overnight Saturday. Entry was forced into the building by way of a rear doorway with the use of some kind of tool. Technicians suspect there is more than one culprit as a result of observations made at the scene. It is also suspected that a vehicle was likely used just given the size and volume of stuff that was taken.

Although the building itself appears to have been targeted, once inside activities appear to be more random. Various offices had been entered and rifled, again some with force.

Items taken include cash, computer equipment, small electronic items and the personal data which was stored on media. The portion of the building that was entered was not alarmed.

Given the nature of this crime, it was assigned to the Saanich Police Major Crimes Unit Detectives. Yesterday, two detectives were at the scene interviewing employees and meeting with university security officials and administration.

The personal data of employees included both personal and financial information. There have been no reports of any fraudulent activity in relation to this loss of data. If someone suspects they have been a victim of a fraud in relation to this investigation, they are encouraged to contact the Saanich Police.

Employees, both past and present, are encouraged to monitor their credit and banking information. If you have concerns, please contact UVIC or your banking institutions for further assistance.

If anybody has information about this incident they are encouraged to contact Saanich Police detectives. If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Greater Victoria Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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