Saanich Police wish to thank our media partners, and the public, for the quick assistance to our appeal for information regarding the stolen aquatic wheelchair from the Gordon Head Rec Centre.
SaanichPolice received tips today relating to the suspect in the video, and also the potential location of the wheelchair. Callers were aware of the theft from viewing social media websites including the Crimestoppers Facebook account. One caller believed the wheelchair was listed for sale on the Internet, linked to a business in the City of Victoria.
Late this afternoon, Saanich detectives attended a pawn shop located in the City of Victoria and confirmed the stolen wheelchair was at the store. Shortly thereafter, detectives were able to locate and arrest the individual believed to be responsible for the theft. The pawn shop was cooperative with police in this investigation.
A 51-year old Central Saanich resident was arrested and transported to the Saanich Police. He is currently facing criminal charges relating to the theft of the wheelchair which will be returned shortly to the recreation centre pool so that users can have access to it. One count of “theft under $5000” will be recommended to Crown Counsel.
Thanks for the assistance.
Det. Staff Sergeant Chris Horsley #50