Mayhem follows suspected pressure-washer scammer

A handcuffed man who ran away from security officers at Wal-Mart in Saanich was picked up during a break-and-enter by Nanaimo RCMP

A handcuffed man who ran away from security officers at Wal-Mart in Saanich was picked up during a break-and-enter by Nanaimo RCMP last month.

On July 12, security at the Uptown store witnessed the suspect take a vacuum cleaner off the shelf and bring it to the return desk to receive funds.

After completing a successful transaction, he was picked up by a security officer outside the store. He surrendered his wallet, including identification, and was handcuffed, but threatened to assault the officer so he was allowed to flee – still in handcuffs.

His identification was turned over to Saanich police. “This gentleman is well known to our officers. He was recognized by investigating officers immediately,” said Sgt. Dean Jantzen.

On July 14, Nanaimo RCMP were alerted by a homeowner on Westwood Road about a break and enter in his home.

RCMP officers arrived with a canine unit, but were unsuccessful in locating a suspect. While still on the scene, an unknown vehicle arrived, and when mounties attempted to question the driver, he ran.

The canine unit was able to successfully locate the man, as well as some stolen items from the Westwood Road home.

Kevin Thomas Gordon, 37, faces charges of possession of stolen property and obstructing a police officer in Nanaimo.

He was charged by Saanich police with theft under $5,000, fraud under $5,000 and escape from lawful custody for the incident at Wal-Mart. When picked up by Nanaimo RCMP, he had a warrant out for his arrest from Oak Bay Police for fraud under $5,000.

In May, Saanich police put out a warning to Capital Region residents about a pressure washing scam. Jantzen, at the time, said the name “Kevin Gordon” was being used by the scammer.

Oak Bay Det.-Const. Mike Martin says their fraud charge against Gordon stems from this pressure washing scam, where victims paid for services that were never completed.

Gordon appeared in court in Victoria Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 1). He was charged with seven new counts of fraud, stemming from the pressure washing scam, for incidents that occurred in Saanich and Colwood.

Saanich police Sgt. Scott Treble said in a press release that several of the pressure washing scam victims also reported having jewelry, credit cards, identification cards and other items stolen from their homes.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

When crisis hits: How West Shore RCMP have dealt with the pandemic

More front-line officers on road in mobile offices

Sidney staff recommends additional outdoor seating for restaurants and cafes

Report before council also leaves open possibility of closing a portion of Beacon Avenue

French fries to juicy tomatoes, rock art brings joy to walkers in Victoria

James Bay yard filled with painted rocks delights all ages

‘Depression-era’ unemployment figures could hit Greater Victoria

South Island Prosperity Project launches new dashboard to measure effects of COVID-19

Langford bartender hosts singalong livestream for seniors

Live Senior Singalong takes place daily at 1 p.m. on Facebook

LIVE: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

RCMP facing ‘systemic sustainability challenges’ due to provincial policing role

Provinces, territories and municipalities pay anywhere from 70 to 90 per cent of the cost of the RCMP’s services

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

One man dead after standoff with Chilliwack RCMP

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the RCMP’s role in the death

B.C. employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart

A survey found 75 per cent of businesses worry about attracting customers

Ex-BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver says province came close to early election

Disagreement centred on the LNG Canada project in northern B.C.

Canada’s NHL teams offer options to season-ticket holders

Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money

B.C. premier says lessons to learn from past racism during response to pandemic

B.C. formally apologized in the legislature chamber in 2008 for its role in the Komagata Maru tragedy

Snowbirds to remain at Kamloops Airport indefinitely after fatal crash

small contingent of the Snowbirds team is staying in Kamloops, acting as stewards of the jets

Most Read