Sliding-door burglar spree in Shelbourne corridor up to 14

Homeowner tackles suspect, recovers goods as Saanich crime spree surges to 14 break-ins

A Saanich resident who returned home to find a burglary in progress chased the male suspect out of the home and tackled him.

The intruder in the Jan. 6 break-in dropped most of the homeowner’s property but fled the scene, said acting Sgt. Jereme Leslie of Saanich Police.

The incident was the latest in a series of 14 break and enters along the Shelbourne Street corridor that date back to Nov. 25.

“The majority of the break and enters have occurred in the late afternoon hours and into the early evening,” Leslie said.

From Jan. 1 to 6 there were six break and enters in the Shelbourne corridor and University Heights area. All were in the later afternoon or early evening and all were through unlocked sliding glass doors (some with faulty locks) in apartments, condos and single family dwellings.

“Most break and enters occur during daytime when residents are at work, but for whatever reason we’ve been able to narrow it down that these are happening in late afternoon,” Leslie said.

There is no nexus to connect the crimes as of yet, he added, except for the highly similar patterns of sliding glass, ground level entries in the late afternoon/early evening.

The Jan. 6 incident took place at about 6:20 p.m. near University Heights.

Saanich Police “flooded the area” with officers and a canine unit. However, they were unable to locate the suspect, who is described as a white male, 30 to 50 years old, shorter than six feet, with average build and having a full beard.

Leslie also warned citizens not to take action against an intruder as it can be very dangerous, and instead to call 9-1-1. The public is also advised to try to get the best description of the suspect as possible.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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