Pair of retail store smash and grabs likely connected

Saanich police believe two overnight commercial break and enters in the span of two days are possibly connected.

Saanich police believe two overnight commercial break and enters in the span of two days are possibly connected.

The incidents occurred Dec. 6 and Dec. 8, both took place around 5:45 a.m. and both targeted electronic goods at national retailer.

The Dec. 6 break and enter left Sears Home Centre on Tolmie Avenue short $4,400 worth of Panasonic TVs and a Dyson fan/heater after someone smashed the glass door to gain entry.

On Monday night, Shoppers Drug Mart in Gorge Plaza lost $10,000 worth of of game consoles, tablet computers and other small electronics. The thieves used the same entry method of smashing the front glass door, said Sgt. Steve Eassie.

“Given the similar circumstances of these two break-ins, considering the timing of events, the manner in which entry has been gained, and the type of items being taken, it’s believed that these two events may have been perpetrated by the same individuals,” Eassie said.

Police are searching for two Caucasian men who were driving a silver Ford Ranger near the scenes of the crimes. One man had a beard and both were dressed in dark clothing.