File: 20-15648

Victoria, BC – Strike Force officers seized approximately $30,000 worth of stolen property after an investigation into a prolific property offender yesterday.

On Tuesday, April 14th, Strike Force officers began an investigation into a man suspected to be in possession of a large amount of stolen property. At approximately 5 p.m., Strike Force officers executed a search warrant on a storage locker associated to that man in the 3900-block of Quadra Street.

The officers recovered approximately $30,000 worth of stolen property from the storage locker. The recovered property included a variety of power tools, liquor, and other items. Many of the recovered items are traceable, and some still have their anti-theft tags attached. Strike Force will be working hard over the next few days to return this property to its rightful owners. Two photographs of the recovered property are below.

Strike Force’s investigation into this property offender is just one step in fighting the rising trend of property crime in Victoria and Esquimalt. Since the week of March 15-21st, VicPD has seen a 25% increase in property crime related calls for service. Overall, VicPD’s calls for service have increased by 22% in that time period. Strike Force officers are working to combat this trend, and they are already focused on their next prolific property offender.

About Strike Force

Strike Force is a focused investigative unit in the Victoria Police Department. Strike Force officers use cutting-edge investigative techniques including clandestine surveillance, undercover operations and confidential information to identify, target, and arrest some of the most dangerous offenders in Victoria and Esquimalt. Many Strike Force investigations are sparked by tips from the public.

If you have information about property crime offenders in our community, you can call the Strike Force line directly call (250) 995-7260. Otherwise you are asked to call our non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654. Please press #1 to be directed to the Report Desk to provide your information. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.