Police Beat, September 18, 2013

Sooke police respond to series of break-ins and accidents

  • Sep. 18, 2013 5:00 p.m.

The police are reporting a rash of vehicle break-ins in the Broomhill area.

Between August 20 and September 16, there have been a total of 37 reported thefts from vehicles, with some days reporting more activity than others.

On August 7, there were seven break-ins; on August 9 there were three; and on August 12 there were nine.

The police suspect it is the work of a prolific offender, and investigations are ongoing.

The RCMP recommends that people do not keep anything of value in their cars and that break-ins are reported.

If you see a suspicious people seen lurking in the neighbourhood, please call them. Their direct phone number is 250-642-5241, or 9-1-1 for emergencies.

• On Sunday, September 15, at 5:10 p.m., the police received a call from Shirley. A resident on Woodhaven Dr. pointed a firearm at a neighbour. A male subject was taken into custody, held overnight, and released Monday morning. The gun in question was a pellet rifle, but was perceived as firearm by the person who called the RCMP.

• Also over the weekend, the Sooke RCMP were called to the Sooke Potholes for a non-incident. A dog fell into the water, and its owner went in to rescue him. Both survived the ordeal.

• On the early afternoon of Tuesday, September 10, there was a motorcycling accident that involved a fatality.

According to Staff Sgt. Steve Wright, the couple were from Alberta. The 53-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and the 60-year-old man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The motorcycle was registered to an owner on Ganges Road, Saltspring. Speed and alcohol are not being considered as contributing factors.

• A few weeks ago, there was a serious assault that happened on August 29. It was reported at 11:50 a.m., and the victim was not very cooperative. This investigation is still pending.

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