File: 20-13606

Victoria, BC – One man is in custody after a VicPD Traffic officer located a stolen vehicle yesterday.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30th, a VicPD Traffic officer observed a stolen vehicle parked in the 1700-block of Douglas Street. The vehicle had been stolen the night before from the residence of a Royal Jubilee Hospital healthcare worker. The vehicle was running and occupied by a man in the driver’s seat.

Additional Patrol officers attended, and along with the Traffic officer, arrested the driver of the vehicle. The officers searched the vehicle and located a loaded, improvised firearm, drugs, stolen property, and other weapons, including knives and a baton.

The improvised firearm, also known as a “Zip Gun,” was equipped to fire 12-gauge shotgun shells. A photograph of the improvised firearm is below.

There were no injuries during the arrest. Due to medical concerns the man was transported to Royal Jubilee Hospital, and then later released to the police.

This file remains under investigation.

If you have information about this incident, you are asked to call our non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.