Sleeping Car Thief Arrested

Posted 2015-06-23

An alert citizen contacted Saanich Police in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 23, to report a suspicious male in the 3900 block of Interurban Road, near Grange Road.

The suspect male was observed to be acting in an odd manner, walking around a vehicle that was parked at the location. The citizen followed their gut feeling that something was not right, and contacted police.

Shortly after 1 a.m., Saanich Police located the vehicle parked roadside. A quick check of the vehicle revealed that the suspect male appeared to be sleeping in the front driver’s seat of the vehicle.

Checks of the vehicle revealed that it had been reported stolen from the West Shore area on June 20, 2015. The rear license plate of the vehicle was also noted to be stolen from a separate incident.

The sleeping suspect was taken into custody without incident. During the arrest, the suspect was found to be in possession of a knife, as well as a canister of bear spray, both of which were concealed on his body.

The 24 year old male was found to be on the subject of a Probation Order and in contravention of the Order by being in possession of the weapons.

The suspect was held in custody to appear in court today. The recommended charges include Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000, Possession of Break-in Instruments, Possession of a Weapons For a Dangerous Purpose, and Failure to Comply With a Probation Order.

File 2015-13011

Sgt. Steve Eassie #158

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