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Police Beat, Oct. 16, 2013

Sooke RCMP report on some of the incidents they responded to

  • Oct. 16, 2013 2:00 p.m.

Included in the 95 calls-for-service received last week by the RCMP, there were two separate acts of indecency.

• On October 4 at 4 p.m., Sooke RCMP received a call from a local restaurant where a 66-year-old male patron was innappropriately pleasuring himself in a local restaurant. The police were called and before the police arrived, the man boarded a BC Transit bus. With the help of BC Transit, he was apprehended on that bus, still in Sooke. Though he resisted attempts to arrest him, he was subdued and taken in. Charges of committing an indecent act and resisting arrest will be recommended to the Crown council. In a second, separate incident that occurred on Oct. 7 at 6:20 p.m., another man, estimated to be 30-year-old Caucasian, was engaged in a similar act of indecency while in a vehicle, parked on the 6000 block of Sooke River Road. The lapse time between the indecent act and the report was about 30 minutes, and the perpetrator was not located.

• On a different note, on Oct. 5, at 12:55, there was a report of a break-in on the 300 block of Mountain Heights Drive, where a house under construction was broken into. Tools were taken.

• On October 7, a prowler was spotted in the 2000 block of French Road. The police were called, and after an attempt to avoid arrest, the 42-year-old perpetrator was apprehended. This person, a Sooke resident, had two knives on him, and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. The police are making recommendations to have this person charged with resisting arrest, obstruction, trespassing-by-night, and carrying concealed weapons.

• On October 9, the police received a call at 11 a.m. that a house well-known to police on Grant Road was broken into. The back door was forced open, and a PlayStation 3 was taken. Police suspect the event may have had something to do with drug retaliation.

• There have been a few known repeat-offenders who have moved into Sooke. One recently made himself known to police when that person inadvertently locked himself out of his house and was seen crawling through a window of his residence. A neighbour, spotting a suspicious act, called it into the police. It was then that the local RCMP identified the person as a prolific offender.

• The drug trade appears to be picking up in Sooke. A residence on Townsend Road was recently subjected to a search warrant, where stolen property and evidence of drug trafficking turned up.

Related to this increased drug activity, there has been an ongoing rash of break-ins, both in vehicles and in residents. Stolen goods are being traded for drugs. Vehicle break-ins seem to occur more commonly when the vehicle has been left unlocked. Home break-ins are sometimes due to access points being left unlocked (doors and windows), though forceable entry seems to be common as well.

Residents are advised to keep their vehicles and homes secured and to keep valuables out of sight. Sooke RCMP advise anyone witnessing indecent acts or suspicious activity in their neighbourhood to call 9-1-1. Do not approach the person.

Regional Crime Unit arrests three following search warrant

The Regional Crime Unit has been assisting the Sooke RCMP in response to a recent increase in overnight thefts from vehicles.

On Friday evening, October 4, the investigation resulted in Regional Crime Unit officers executing a search warrant at a residence in the 2000 block of Townsend Road in Sooke. Officers seized evidence of drug trafficking and also recovered a small quantity of stolen property. The three occupants of the residence were arrested and are facing various charges.

A 38-year-old female will be charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, contrary to sec. 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Two 18-year-old males are each facing charges in relation to possession of stolen property and breach of probation conditions. The investigation is continuing and additional charges may result. All three will appear in Western Communities Provincial Court on November 28, 2013.

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