A Saanich man was reunited with his truck Tuesday – for the second time this week – after the vehicle was stolen and recovered twice in four days.
The grey 2004 Mazda B2200 was first stolen from his driveway, in the 200-block of Crease Ave., overnight Friday (May 25). The owner says he left his jacket, with keys to his house and truck, inside the vehicle.
On May 26, the man’s sister spotted the truck parked on Whitehead Place in Colwood, and it was towed to the Saanich police department where it was put through forensic analysis, then returned to the owner.
While the man was advised by police to change his house and truck locks, as his keys were still missing, the suspects returned before that was possible.
The truck was stolen from the driveway, again, around 10:30 p.m. Monday. The owner heard two males laughing, and his truck speed away.
Saanich police were dispatched to the area, and officers spotted the vehicle driving along on Interurban Road. They followed it on to the Trans-Canada Highway.
When the vehicle passed into View Royal, Saanich police handed the file to West Shore RCMP.
Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen says the vehicle “made a quick turn and left at a high rate of speed” and officers lost sight of the truck.
He says the truck was not lost as a result of jurisdictional issues and the transferring of files between police forces.
“Everything was done right,” Jantzen said. “We will (continue following a vehicle into another municipality), and once adequate resources from neighbouring jurisdictions are available, we then turn it over.”
The truck was recovered again Tuesday night. Jantzen says it was found in the area of Whitehead Place again.
No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
Police are asking anyone with information on these thefts to call 250-475-4321.