Saanich Police believe a pair of recent break and enters in the Shelbourne corridor are likely related.
In both incidents, a perpetrator entered, or attempted to enter, through the ground floor suite of an apartment building through a sliding glass door.
In both cases, the resident was home and confronted the male suspect.
“We don’t know if they were the same [suspect] but … because it was the same time … and both victims were women in their early 20s, we believe the break-ins are likely linked,” said Sgt. Steve Eassie.
“We want to issue a public warning to residents in the area… if people are involved in this type of incident, report it immediately, as there was a delay in [reporting] one of these.”
The first of the two break ins was at 9 p.m. on Nov. 26 in the 3800 block of Shelbourne Street and was reported immediately.
An unidentified male suspect knocked repeatedly on a ground-level sliding glass door. When the 20-year-old woman answered the door, the male fled. The victim also reported that about one week prior to this incident, an unknown person had entered the unlocked sliding door when nobody was home and made off with a camera.
The second incident occurred in the 3600 block of Richmond Road on Dec. 1, at about 9 p.m. This time an unidentified male suspect entered through an unlocked sliding glass door to an apartment. The lone female occupant, another 20-year-old woman, encountered the male who took a wallet that was visible on a table and fled.
The victim was unable to provide a description in this case.
The suspect in the first incident is described as a Caucasian male, 40 to 50 years old, short in height with a large nose, no facial hair, and wearing a blue jacket.
“It’s a reminder to lock windows and doors and to close the window coverings in evening, as it’s easy to look into a lit interior from a dark exterior,” Eassie said.