Jewelry, replica handgun recovered following daring jewelry heist

Victoria police release names of suspects

Police have recovered much of the jewelry stolen during a daring mid-morning robbery Thursday.

Investigators say they also found a replica handgun in a suite at the Bedford Hotel Thursday night, hours after two men and a female associate, all from Vancouver, were arrested following a jewelry heist.

Around 10:30 a.m. that day, police were called to Paul Mara Jewellers at 657 Fort St., where two men allegedly sprayed staff with bear spray, smashed glass cabinets and grabbed an unknown quantity of jewelry and other valuables.

Upon arrival, officers followed a trail of helpful bystanders who witnessed two 27-year-old suspects fleeing the jewelry store on foot.

“They told us exactly where they went, gave us good descriptions. It certainly played a key role in leading us to the hotel,” said Const. Mike Russell, Victoria police spokesperson. “There was people running after (the suspects).”

While some officers watched over the jewelry store, where paramedics treated staff who had been sprayed. Others tracked the suspects to the Bedford Regency Hotel at 1140 Government St., where they were registered guests.

Concerned about reports that the men were armed with a firearm, police closed off a section of Government Street around the hotel, between Trounce Alley and Fort Street, as well as a section of Yates Street.

“We had to make sure everyone was out of sight and out of range of a firearm,” Russell said.

Two police canine unit officers, their dogs and members of the Victoria police Emergency Response Team combed the hotel, floor by floor.

The suspects were eventually found hiding on the hotel’s rooftop, at 1:30 p.m.

The Victoria Fire Department was called in to bring the men down from the roof in the bucket of a ladder truck.

Police also apprehended a 21-year-old female inside the hotel. Russell said she did not take part in the robbery, but is an associate of the two men.

Michael Werner and Dominic Oyango, both from Vancouver, face charges of robbery with a weapon, and numerous counts of breach of probation.

Amanda Shier, also from Vancouver, faces charges of possession of property obtained by crime.

Police say the trio may face additional charges.

emccracken@vicnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Free firework safety courses coming to the West Shore right before Halloween

No permit? You could be fined anywhere between $100 and $10,000

Fairfield-Gonzales residents aim to establish senior care phone line

The Fairfield-Gonzales Village would allow seniors living alone to have a direct line to resources

Vendors open doors to new futures at Black Press Extreme Education & Career Fair

More tham two dozen employers, educators signed on for Victoria event

Persons Day to be marked with literary readings in Sidney

Peninsula authors to read from their new books relating to women and courageous journeys, Oct. 18

Antimatter 2019: The best in experimental media art comes to Victoria

22nd annual festival of film, performance art and more biggest ever – 120 artists, 30 countries

VIDEO: Greater Victoria, here’s the news you missed this weekend

Dog killed in alleged hit and run, Goodlife Marathon takes over city and more

‘Save the kids!’ Dorian survivor tells the harrowing story of his Canadian wife’s death

Family held a funeral and placed Alishia Liolli’s remains in a niche at a cemetery in Windsor, Ont.

Okanagan woman, 91, votes at advance polls despite broken hip, shoulder and wrist

Angela Maynard has voted in almost every election during her lifetime

Heiltsuk Nation open first Big House in 120 years in northern B.C.

Opening means the community now has an appropriate space for spiritual and ceremonial events

Singh says NDP would form coalition with the Liberals to stop Tories

Singh was in a Liberal-held riding Sunday afternoon in Surrey where he was pressed about his post-election intentions

‘My heart goes out to the mother’: B.C. dad reacts to stabbing death of Ontario boy

Carson Crimeni, who was also 14, was bullied relentlessly, his dad says

The one with the ‘Friends’ photoshoot: Kelowna group recreates TV show intro

A friend’s departure prompted them to create something that really says, “I’ll be there for you”

Canadian Snowbirds plane crashes before air show in Atlanta

Pilot lands safely after ejecting from jet

Share crash data, private insurers tell David Eby, ICBC

B.C. monopoly makes drivers retrieve their own records

Most Read