Public Assistance Sought To Solve School Break In and Theft

Saanich Police are looking for assistance from the public to help solve an early morning break in to Gordon Head School in the 1600 block of Kenmore Road.

A report of a break and enter and theft was reported by a school official at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday August 25th. Investigation revealed that there had been an intrusion alarm at the school at approximately 3:00 a.m. that same morning. The security company that responded to the alarm did not note any obvious signs of entry to the school.

While there were no signs of forced entry to the school, it was later determined that entry had in fact been gained, and that a commercial floor scrubbing machine (ride-on) had been removed from the school. The value of the machine was estimated to be above $10,000 in value. No other items ere reported as missing.

Around the time that the break in was reported, Saanich Police were alerted to the located of the stolen floor cleaning machine. It was found, high centered, on a walking trail heading into Mt. Doug park, near the end of Edgemont Road.

Given the nature of the theft, it is suspected that the person responsible for the break in and theft likely rode the floor scrubbing machine from the school to where it was abandoned.

Anyone that may have information about this incident is asked to contact the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

File 2015-18719

Sgt. Steve Eassie #158

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