The West Shore RCMP is investigating a report of a break and enter into a Langford home while the residents were inside on Monday.
Police said the incident took place some time overnight on July 29. The residence is located on the 1,000-block of Goldstream Avenue.
A resident in the home told police they were inside and sleeping during the night. They woke up in the morning to find the home was broken into and that personal items were missing.
Const. Nancy Saggar of West Shore RCMP said a cut screen and an unlocked window seem to be the suspect’s point of entry.
“The investigation is ongoing and a suspect description is not available,” Saggar said. “We want to remind residents to lock their doors and windows at night and report suspicious activity right away.”
Saggar said this break and enter is “different” because typically, the residence or business that is targeted is vacant when it’s broken into.
“For somebody to break into a house while residents are sleeping is very high risk behaviour, not to mention criminal,” Saggar said. “It is possible that the suspect simply didn’t realize that residents weren’t home at the time and that could be a factor here.”
A break and enter of this nature hasn’t happened recently, Saggar said, noting that she couldn’t remember an incident like this one happening yet this year. She also said the incident seems to be isolated at this time.
Police have canvassed the neighbourhood and are asking any residents nearby who have video surveillance to check their cameras for suspicious activity. Anyone with information about the crime or the suspect is asked to report it to the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.