Homeowners, police dog thwart burglary-in-progress

Blenkinsop-area couple surprised to find stranger inside home

  • Jun. 11, 2012 6:00 p.m.

A Saanich resident got the surprise of her life when she returned home Thursday morning to find an unfamiliar car backed onto her property, some of her possessions loaded into the vehicle, her front door wide open and a stranger inside her house.

The woman called Saanich police around 9:30 a.m. to her home in the 4500-block of Blenkinsop Rd.

Prior to police arrival, her husband returned home. He successfully pinned the unknown car in with his truck, just as the thief attempted to drive away.

The thief then ran away, abandoning the vehicle and the stolen goods.

A Saanich police canine officer arrived on scene and tracked the thief several blocks through yards, hedges and fields.

The police dog found the suspect hiding in some tall grass in a hay field down the road.

Michael Van Winkle, 36, faces one count each of break and enter, and possession of stolen property.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Victoria Police host Faith-Based Safety Forum in light of recent religious attacks

More than 35 faith-based leaders voice concerns, air questions

Still barriers to abortion access on Vancouver Island

Experts say transportation, support, doctors can be barriers to accessing abortion

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

UPDATED: B.C. man says he’ll take People’s Party lawsuit as far as he can

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

Canada stripping citizenship from Chinese man over alleged marriage fraud

The move comes amid severely strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing

Most Read