Off duty officer arrests general store thieves

There were 92 calls for service between January 26 and February 2.

  • Feb. 8, 2011 9:00 a.m.
Off duty officer arrests general store thieves

There were 92 calls for service between January 26 and February 2.

On January 26 police received two more complaints about mail boxes being broken into. One in front of Village Foods and the other in front of Curves. Police have responded to six other similar complaints between January 19 and 24. There has been a rash of thefts from vehicles during the same time in the Townsend, Grant Road, Sooke Road areas.

On January 27 mail boxes were broken into on Church Road and the 6700 block of Sooke Road. Police have enlisted the services of the Regional Crime Unit to assist them in their investigation into these brazen thefts.

On January 29 police, fire and ambulance services attended a two vehicle head-on collision Sooke Road at Glintz Lake. A blue Honda Civic swerved into the oncoming lane striking a black Nissan Pathfinder. The two occupants of the Pathfinder were transported to hospital with minor non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the blue Honda Civic, a 30-year-old Sooke resident, was charged with: speed relative to conditions, failing to keep right. He received a 24-hour suspension as well. 

Both vehicles sustained major damage. The highway was closed for a short period of time while medical assistance was provided to the occupants of the vehicles.

Alert member tips colleagues to crime haul

Two men are in custody after an off duty RCMP officer from the Sooke RCMP Detachment spotted a stolen blue four-door Honda Accord at West Shore Town Centre in Langford, on January 27, 2011.

At about 1:30 p.m. the off duty officer observed the car, which had been reported stolen to Sooke RCMP earlier in the day, leave the parking lot near Shoppers Drug Mart and notified West Shore RCMP.

West Shore RCMP officers immediately patrolled the area and the stolen vehicle was located a short time later on Page Avenue in Langford. The two men inside the car, a 35-year-old Victoria man and a 20-year-old Nanaimo man, were arrested and the car was seized.

Officers located a large quantity of cigarettes and lottery tickets inside the stolen car. It is believed the cigarettes and lottery tickets are likely the items that were stolen from the Happy Valley General Store about 10 hours earlier after the store had been broken into for the third time in a 10-day span.

“This is another example how police officers, like so many other professionals, are never really ‘off duty’” stated Cst. Julie Chanin of West Shore RCMP Detachment.

The two men were held in custody and will appear in court at the Western Communities Provincial Court House. Charges of possession of property obtained by crime are being sought against both men.

The search for a 44-year-old Sooke man missing since January 15 at China Beach will resume with a land search on February 12. The extended water search found no sign of the man. Foul play is not suspected.

If you know of a crime that has been committed, call Crimestoppers at: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Confidentiality is assured and you never have to give your name.

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