Aivars Logins stands guard while plywood goes over the storefront of Jake Grant Jewelry Design on Otter Point Road after a early morning crash.

Truck smashes out store front

Local business struck by vehicle in early morning hours

An early morning crash left the premises of Jake Grant Jewelry Design full of glass and  exposed to the elements.

RCMP report the Saturday, Oct. 13, 1:35 a.m. vehicle crash wiped out the front plate glass windows of the jewelry store as well as smashing the picnic table alongside the Alternative Kitchen.

It appears the driver of the 1997 grey Toyota 4-runner lost control at the corner of Otter Point Road and West Coast Road and smashed into the jewelry store before reversing and going back through the intersection to come to rest on rocks by the AK.

There was no attempt to steal anything from the jewelry store, and by the time the police arrived the driver had locked the truck doors and fled on foot.

“There was nothing taken from the store and there was no attempt at robbery,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Stephen Wright.

The police canine squad was called in and the scent was picked up and followed to an apartment block on Townsend Road. The scent was lost at that point.

The owner of the Toyota called in later on Saturday to report his vehicle stolen.

Wright said there is enough evidence to suspect impaired driving.

“Alcohol is a factor,” he said.

As of press time there is no report as to the extend of the damage to Jake’s.

The RCMP are continuing their investigation and will be looking at the video from the business premises and the Ident Section will be involved as well. They are asking any witnesses to come forward. If you have any information call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or Sooke RCMP at 250-642-5241.

In another incident on the same weekend, a blue 1991 Ford Mustang, with BC licence plate, 830SXK was reported stolen from a residence in the 2300 block of French Road North. The vehicle was reported stolen  at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct.  13.