Police investigate break-in at Gordon Head School

Stolen floor scrubbing machine later located on walking trail at Mt. Douglas Park

  • Aug. 27, 2015 12:00 p.m.

Saanich Police hope the public can provide some clues into a break-in at Gordon Head School.

Police report there was an intrusion alarm at the school on the 1600 block of Kenmore Road at about 3 a.m. Aug. 25. The security company responded to the alarm but did not note any obvious signs of entry to the school. The break-in was reported to police by a school official several hours later.

“While there were no signs of forced entry to the school, it was later determined that entry had in fact been gained, and that a commercial floor scrubbing machine (ride-on) had been removed from the school,” according to a release from Sgt. Steve Eassie with the Saanich Police. Nothing else was reported stolen.

Saanich Police were alerted that morning to the location of the floor cleaning machine, valued at $10,000.

“It was found, high centred, on a walking trail heading into Mt. Doug Park, near the end of Edgemont Road,” said Eassie.

“Given the nature of the theft, it is suspected that the person responsible for the break-in and theft likely rode the floor scrubbing machine from the school to where it was abandoned.”

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).