On January 24, 2014 the Regional Crime Unit working in conjunction with the West Shore RCMP arrested 3 people following the execution of a search warrant at an apartment in the 2700 block of Peatt Road.
A 43 year old male, a 37 year old male and a 38 year old female where located in the apartment and face numerous charges including 8 counts of Possession of stolen Identity Documents (Section 56.1 of the Criminal Code), 6 counts of Possession of stolen Credit Cards (Section 342 (1) of the Criminal Code) and 2 counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime (Section 354(1) of the Criminal Code).
The 43 year old male also faces 2 counts of Trafficking in Property Obtained by Crime (Section 355(2) of the Criminal Code). The 43 year old male came to police attention when he sold stolen runners back to their owner. Details are below.
On January 18, 2014 a residential Break and Entered occurred in the 2800 block of Glen Lake Road. Numerous items were stolen in the Break and Enter including 2 high end pairs of runners.
On January 20, 2014 the victim of the Break and Enter located what they believed to be an ad for the stolen runners on Used Victoria. Acting on their own accord the victim of the Break and Enter and other family members set up a location to buy the runners from the seller. They confirmed that they were in fact their runners and purchased them back from the seller. They were able to provide police with enough information to identify the seller.
The Regional Crime Unit and West Shore RCMP launched an investigation that cumulated in the execution of the search warrant.
Although it was a good bit of “police work” by the victim of the Break and Enter we do not recommend people attempt to do these types of purchases. We do suggest that if you have been the subject of a property crime, to check sites like Used Victoria and contact your local police if you believe you have located stolen items.
The Regional Crime Unit is an integrated unit comprised of police officers from the Saanich Police Department, Oak Bay Police Department, West Shore Detachment RCMP as well as Provincial RCMP. Since 2008 the Regional Crime Unit has been pursuing its mandate of proactively targeting the region’s most prolific criminal offenders.
File RCU 2014-08
Sgt. Steve Eassie on behalf of S/Sgt. Steve Morgan