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Suspect being sought by Sooke RCMP. - Submitted photo
Suspect being sought by Sooke RCMP.
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Between Nov. 10 and Nov. 17 there were 101 calls for service.


Nov. 11 — There was a break and enter reported at DeMamiel Creek Golf Course just after 11:10 a.m. The sliding glass door of the trailer office was smashed and RCMP suspect the alarm scared off the perpetrator. It is unknown what was taken.

Later that night at 9 p.m. a 61-year-old Sooke resident was driving eastbound on the 5500 block of Sooke Rd. by Harbourview Rd. when suddenly his driver’s side window shattered sending glass everywhere, said RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve Wright.

“At first he thought he’d been shot,” said Wright.

It turned out to be a rock, about the size of a small potato, that someone had thrown through the window hitting the driver on the shoulder “quite hard.”

“He was able to pull over and stop without causing any accident but it could have been quite serious if he’d been actually struck in the head.”

Police are discounting the possibility of the rock being kicked up by another vehicle because the driver said he was alone on the road at the time, and are looking for witnesses or even the suspect to come forward.

“(We want to know) if it was meant as a prank and there was no intention to hurt someone because we don’t want to think there’s someone going around throwing rocks through windows,” said Wright, who added it’s the first such case he’s seen since he’s been in Sooke.


Nov. 14 — Vandalism was reported at Ayre Manor at 6764 Ayre Rd. A fence and some lights were smashed on the property with damage totalling approximately $2,400. RCMP are looking for anyone that may have information regarding the incident.

At approximately 6 p.m., a 17-year-old boy getting off the public bus at Sooke Road and Phillips Road was hurt after he was assaulted by a man trying to rob him.

The boy boarded the bus in downtown Victoria and during the ride he took out his Apple iPad to listen to music. After getting off the bus, the suspect followed him as he walked up Phillips Road and ran around the boy and blocked his way. The suspect, wearing a Halloween hockey mask, took out a pink or red collapsible baton like those commonly used by police and demanded the boy’s iPad.

The boy refused, and the suspect swung the baton hitting the boy’s arm after he raised it to shield his head. The suspect then pushed the mask off his face and again asked for the iPad several times. The boy continued to refuse, trying to flag down passing cars for help but none stopped. The suspect threatened the boy one more time before running away back towards Sooke Road, possibly scared off by activity at the nearby Sooke Flats campground, said Wright.

Police were notified after the boy went to the clinic to have his arm looked at. He described the suspect as a slim white man around six-feet tall between the ages of 18 to 20 with short brown hair and acne around his eyes and on his nose. He was wearing a black or dark hoodie with a red design on the chest .

The investigation is ongoing.


There has also been a 2004 red Ford 3/4-ton pickup truck reported stolen, B.C. license plate number 2842LM. If spotted please contact the Sooke RCMP at 250-642-5241.



November 14-20, 2011. There were 94 calls to service.


Sooke RCMP have been receiving several fraud complaints, many of which target seniors. One consists of a person calling a residence claiming to be a relative in dire need of money and requests funds be wired to them.  Another fraud entails a caller (many traced to India, 91 area code) claiming to be from Microsoft and a virus was detected in the victim’s home computer. The caller asks to be allowed remote access to the computer and then instructs the victim to pay them via wire transfer at Money Mart or Western Union.

Some potential victims have thwarted the fraud by asking questions and denying the requests for money. Unfortunately, many have fallen victim to these scams, trusting the caller and subsequently losing a substantial amount of money.

Police wish to remind people to trust their instincts, ask questions and when in doubt hang up and report the incident to police.


Sometime between Nov. 11 to 13, some lights and fencing at Ayre Manor were damaged. Anyone with information about this mischief can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or or call Sooke RCMP and quote file 2011-4449.

Theft from vehicles were reported in 6800 block West Coast Rd. and Driftwood Dr.

A residence was broken into on Throup Rd., the vehicle stolen from the driveway. Westshore RCMP located the vehicle later that day being driven by 25-year-old Wesley Switzer who has been charged with possession of stolen property, theft, dangerous driving, breach of probation and resisting arrest.

Roadblocks were conducted in various locations throughout Sooke and Jordan River. Violations included: unsafe windshield,  no valid driver’s licence and possession of marihjuana. Four three- day immediate roadside prohibitions were issued.

RCMP are pleased to report no motor vehicle collisions despite the snow and icy roads this past week.

Ten subjects were checked to ensure compliance with curfew conditions. One was found in violation of the curfew and charges are being forwarded to Crown counsel.

Sometime between Nov. 1 to 10, a gray 9.8 hp Nissan kicker was stolen from a boat parked on a trailer at Becher Bay Marina.

Nov. 20 at 03:30 a.m., Sooke Petrocan was broken into wherein a window was smashed and several items were taken from inside.

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