Date: January 18, 2022
Saanich Police have made an arrest after investigating a string of break-ins to several buildings at the University of Victoria.
A series of eleven break and enters were reported at the university grounds beginning in June 2021, with nine of these reported to have occurred in the last month and a half. In most cases property was stolen, such as generators, tools, electronics, and other items.
On January 12, 2022, at 4:30 a.m. the suspect triggered an alarm at the UVic Bookstore and responding UVic Campus Security officers located a man coming out of the store. After a brief conversation with security, the man then fled and was unable to be located when police arrived.
Evidence was obtained from this incident and several others that pointed investigators to a suspect with a history of property-related crimes. On January 16, 2022 officers located and arrested a 38-year-old man that they believe was responsible for several of these break and enter offences. The investigation is ongoing and efforts to locate the property stolen from these crimes continue. The man was released on an undertaking with conditions and a court date for criminal charges of Break and Enter.
“We would like to thank UVic Campus Security and all of their officers for their cooperation and assistance, which was crucial to this investigation.”
Cst. Markus Anastasiades
Public Information and Communications Officer