Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2024
VicPD Files: Various (Master File: 24-3688)
Oak Bay Files: 24-244 & 24-263
Victoria, BC – VicPD officers arrested a man last weekend who is believed to be responsible for damaging multiple vehicles last week. Yesterday afternoon, two charges of Mischief were laid against the accused.
At approximately 6:00 am, on Thursday, February 1, officers received multiple reports of vehicles being vandalized in the Fernwood and Oak Bay area. Later that evening, the lower Cook Street area was also targeted.
The damage ranged from deep scratch marks to smashed lights and dents. So far, more than 70 vehicles have been affected, with the total number still being determined through the ongoing investigation.
Responding officers were unable to locate the suspect immediately and began canvassing for witnesses for potential camera footage of the incidents, including a public request for information.
From camera footage obtained and descriptions provided, investigators were able identify Porelli as being responsible for two of the incidents. The remaining incidents are still under investigation.
“This is an excellent example of teamwork between our Patrol Division, our General Investigation Section, and the public; helpful tips and reports from the community were instrumental in identifying the suspect,” says Chief Constable Del Manak. “Whether it is a single vehicle damaged or seventy, we know this is a massive inconvenience and a significant cost to all the impacted vehicle owners. It is important we send a strong message that individuals will not get away with this type of behaviour in our communities.”
The accused remains in custody pending a further court appearance. As this matter is now before the courts, further information cannot be shared at this time.
If you have any information related to these incidents and have yet to speak with investigators, please call the E-Comm Report Desk at (250) 995-7654 extension 1. You can also make an online report through the VicPD website at Report an Incident Online – VicPD.ca.
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