A vandalized car was abandoned in the parking lot of the Cadboro Bay Village shopping centre on Wednesday

A vandalized car was abandoned in the parking lot of the Cadboro Bay Village shopping centre on Wednesday

Vandalized car piques interest, ire in Caddy Bay

Owner abandons mangled car, possessions in parking lot

A smashed up car in the parking lot of the Cadboro Bay Village shopping centre drew a lot of attention on Wednesday.

According to witnesses, which corresponded with the Saanich Police report, the car was allegedly smashed by a baseball bat, sometime between 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday night (Aug. 2) and about 3 a.m. when someone saw it, Ryan Levis said.

Levis is an employee at Cadboro Bay Liquor Store, where the car was parked in front of. Nobody saw the car suffer the damage it did, which required multiple lashings.

Another Cadboro Bay Liquor Store employee, who wished to go unnamed, said she was exhausted from the constant inquiries by passersby.

When Saanich Police contacted the owner on Wednesay, he was uncooperative, said acting Sgt. Jereme Leslie.

“Two officers attended the smashed up car and also called on the owner but he wasn’t willing to talk about it with police,” Leslie added.

The rear window was smashed completely out, with significant damage to the windshield. All four tires were flat from being slashed. There is considerable hood damage too and other bangs on the body.

The interesting thing about the car, Levis said, was the food. Open cans of food and a fresh cucumber. There was also a yoga mat, an indigenous drum and several national geographic magazines.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this in Cadboro Bay,” said Eric Dahli, president of the Cadboro Bay Residents Association. Dahli happened to be passing by a little before the car was scheduled to be removed on Thursday morning by Robbins Parking Service, which manages the lot.

Dahli’s chief concern was the car would be removed, as it was the talk of the village from the time it showed up on Wednesday morning until it was removed on Thursday.

Some locals expressed their discontent a car in such shape would be left behind, even for a day.

“I heard, over discussion from another table at the coffee shop, that there could be a problem removing it,” Dahli said. “You don’t want a derelict car situation, another jurisdictional standoff, in addition to the derelict boat problem we already have.”

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