Constant theft at construction site
Thieves burglarized the Sombrio Bridge construction site on two separate occasions this month, stealing equipment and an ambulance truck valued at $20,000.
According to Staff Sgt. Steve Wright, a hunter reported a smouldering ambulance truck that had been destroyed by a fire to police on Dec. 9. The truck was found on the North Main logging road.
“We went up there and there was nothing for us to examine for physical evidence,” Wright said.
It is believed the ambulance, which was parked at the construction site, was stolen sometime overnight on Dec. 8.
Wright said the culprits tore the door off of a construction building using a chain and vehicle, and stole the keys to the ambulance, along with a printer and radios.
The Windley Contracting construction site was targeted a second time sometime overnight on Dec. 10.
Thieves cut the locks off a second trailer and stole two generators and some tools, valued together at $20,000.
Police are continuing to investigate, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the detachment at: 250-642-5241.
Police negotiation ends quietly
A Sooke man voluntarily surrendered himself to police after a four-hour long negotiation on Dec. 7 around 7 a.m.
Around 3:30 a.m., police received a call from someone concerned about a man considering self-harm in a residence on the 6000-block of Golledge Avenue.
It was also reported the man was in possession of a hand gun.
“After a couple hours of speaking with him or negotiating with him, he came out and gave himself up without incident,” said Staff Sgt. Steve Wright. “He did not harm himself nor was there a firearm found in the residence.”
He added there was no one else in the residence, and the public was not at risk at any point in time.
The 34-year-old man was arrested and held in custody till his court appearance on Dec. 10, Wright said. He is well-known to police.
Police recommended three charges of breach of court orders against him.
Also assisting with the incident were the West Shore RCMP and members of the Emergency Response Team.
“The public can expect to see us out in force every weekend now, right through the Christmas holiday and past New Years,” Wright said, adding the Integrated Road Safety Unit and South Island Traffic Services will be present as well.
He reminded drivers to slow down and ensure they defog their vehicles before hitting the road.
Wright also stated alcohol related crashes have decreased significantly.
According to ICBC statistics, fatal accidents involving alcohol, drugs or medication has decreased 39 per cent from 2010 to 2011 on Vancouver Island.