A number of break and enter to residences occurred over this past weekend throughout the Saanich area.
Three break-ins were reported on Friday April 4th, with the belief that the events took place while people were sleeping inside each of the residences.
The first reported break-in occurred in the 900 block of Scotia Street, and is believed to have occurred between 3 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. An unknown person entered the residence through an unlocked patio sliding glass door. Several items, including a purse and its contents, a laptop computer were taken from a bedroom where a 19 year old female was asleep.
A second break-in was reported in the 2800 block of Ilene Terrace, and is again believed to have occurred in the late evening or early morning hours. The residence, which is home to a group of students, is believed to have been entered through an unlocked basement door. An Apple Macbook Air laptop was taken at some point throughout the night.
A third break-in occurred at a residence in the 4600 block of West Saanich Road, also through the late evening or early morning hours. An unknown suspect entered an unlocked basement door leading to a storage area. Items including chocolate bars, granola bars, and homemade wine were taken from the residence.
Lastly, on Sunday April 16, a residence in the 3500 block of Calumet Avenue was unlawfully entered between the hours of 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. The suspect appears to have forced the deadbolt on the front door the residence, causing extensive damage to the front door and door jamb of the home. Cash, jewellery, and a 13 inch Macbook Air laptop were taken during this incident.
“We cannot say that all of these events are definitively related or linked to one another” Sgt. Steve Eassie said. “What we do know is that three homes, in varying areas of our Municipality appear to have been entered overnight, and various items taken. It is disturbing that these three incidents occurred when people were actually home and likely asleep at the time of the events”.
The Saanich Police Department would like to remind citizens to lock or secure all of their windows and doors to prevent unwanted people from having access to homes.
“With the onset of the nicer weather, we have traditionally seen an increase in the number of daytime break and enters, several of which occur when people are home and in their gardens on maintaining their lawns. If you leave your residence through a door, and the door does not remain within your eyesight while you are doing yard work or gardening, we are suggesting that your door be locked” Sgt. Steve Eassie said.
“Lastly, we would encourage people to get to know their neighbours, and become familiar with who should be coming and going within their neighbourhood. If someone appears to be out of place and lurking around a neighbours home, we would ask that you call the police”.
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