A five-day Saanich Police investigation has resulted in several charges against two men, and the recovery of a substantial amount of stolen property from a number of recent Saanich home break-ins.
20 year old Blaine Kevin Isherwood and 25 year old Eric Sheldon Hambleton appeared in Victoria Provincial Court today. Both were remanded in custody.
The investigation began with a home break-in on the evening of June 29th in the 1600 block of Knight Avenue, off Shelbourne Street. A substantial amount of property was stolen, including computers, jewelry and cash.
An outside surveillance camera at the home captured high-quality images of two suspicious men. The next morning on June 30th, Victoria Police and Parole officers viewed the images and recognized one of the men as a provincial offender inmate, on day parole for convictions including Robbery and Aggravated Assault. His parole was suspended and he was arrested by Saanich Police during the early afternoon.
On July 1st, Saanich detectives obtained and executed a search warrant at the first suspect’s residence in the 500 block of Johnson Street. A number of items were recovered by police. On July 2nd, the second suspect was arrested by the Regional Crime Unit after leaving his home in the 1600 block of Cook Street. Stolen property was recovered at the time of the arrest. A search warrant was executed at the second suspect’s home, resulting in more evidence seized.
Recovered cash, jewelry and computer equipment totalling $50,000 is now confirmed to be stolen from a number of additional Saanich home break-ins. These goods are being inventoried by police and returned to their owners.
Both men appeared in Victoria Provincial Court this afternoon (Thursday, July 3rd). They are facing initial charges including Break, Enter & Theft and Theft Over $5000. The police investigation is still active and further charges are expected.
File No. 14-12192
Staff Sgt. Scott Treble