Police responded to 177 calls for service between January 11 and 25.
• Police are seeking the public’s assistance with an ongoing issue of vandalism to mail boxes in our community. Police responded to different locations where the brazen thefts occurred.
The thefts occurred in the early morning hours between January 19 – 24.
The incidents occurred in the area of Townsend Road, Otter Point Road, Tara Place, Eakin Road, and Rhodonite Drive. An unknown quantity of mail was taken.
On January 27 police reported two more thefts from mailboxes at Village Foods and Curves.
Staff Sergeant Wright said the thefts are on outgoing mail, with the purpose being identity theft.
“It’s always a big motive,” said Wright. “There’s not much cash in the mail.”
Anyone with information about these incidents is encouraged to contact the Sooke RCMP or Crimestoppers.
• Sooke RCMP are investigating a day time break-in at residence in the 6000 block of Brecon Drive in East Sooke on January 24. Entry was through a back door. A chain saw, two DVD players, jewelry and a portable stereo were taken.
Anyone who may have seen a vehicle or anyone who did not belong in the neighborhood is asked to call police or Crimestoppers. Police continue to investigate.
• Police are looking for two males believed responsible for the break and enters of two private liquor stores and the two attempts at a third.
These break-ins occurred on January 12 and 17 in the early hours. Video surveillance shows two males in a dark pick up at these three locations.
In the two instances where entry was gained, a large quantity of cigarettes were taken. Police in conjunction with the Regional Crime Unit are still investigating. Anyone with information about these thefts is asked to call the Sooke RCMP or Crimestoppers.
• Police divers were back out at China Beach today January 26, continuing their search for a 44 year old male who went missing sometime since January 15. Police utilized a side scan radar as well as divers in their search. An exhaustive search by four area search and rescue teams involving 39 searchers, two Coast Guard helicopters, a Coast Guard vessel and two search dogs failed to locate the missing Sooke resident. Searchers will be going back in early February to have another look. The man’s vehicle had been found parked in the parking lot. Foul play is not suspected. At the request of the family, his name will not be released.
Staff Sergeant Wright said on January 27 that the search has been called off. Searchers used sonar and they are satisfied he is not there and they suspended the search.
If you have any information about a crime that’s been committed… Call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)