Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2024 

File: 24-13981 

Victoria, B.C. – Early yesterday evening Patrol officers responded to a report of a residential break and enter and theft in progress in the North Jubilee area. The suspect, Seth Packer, was arrested a short distance away by police after being followed by the occupant.  

Just after 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, VicPD received a call from a bystander about a theft in progress in the North Jubilee area. Attending officers determined that a suspect, later identified as Seth Packer, had entered a home and stolen a wallet. The home was occupied at the time and the occupant followed Packer when he left. 

While fleeing the area, Packer attempted to get into an idling and occupied vehicle parked in the 1800-block of Fort Street, but the driver prevented his entry. Packer was then arrested by police in the 1900-block of Richardson Street. 

Packer was the subject of a Community Update yesterday, detailing his recent arrests. On April 21 Packer was arrested by VicPD Patrol officers after he attempted to steal an occupied vehicle in the 2900-block of Shelbourne Street. He was arrested again on April 22 when he pushed a woman and stole her car in the 1000-block of Johnson Street. During that incident, Packer caused two motor vehicle collisions and fled the scene on foot before attempting to steal another vehicle.  

Packer was held in custody by police on April 22 but was released after his court appearance in the afternoon of April 23. Packer is facing charges of one count of Attempted Theft of Motor Vehicle, two counts of Robbery, one count of Theft of a Motor Vehicle, one count of Failing to Stop at the Scene of an Accident and one count of Failing to Comply with Conditions from the incidents on April 21 and April 22. 

Additional charges of Break and Enter, Attempted Robbery and Attempted Theft of a Motor Vehicle were sworn this morning against Packer for the incident yesterday evening. 

“After the same individual caused two motor vehicle collisions, attempted to steal several vehicles and was successful on one of the attempts, and is now entering into peoples’ homes without consent, all in a matter of days, it is a miracle that no one has been seriously hurt or injured,” says VicPD Chief Del Manak. “Repeat offenders like this put a significant strain on our resources and pose a risk to community safety. We will continue to work within our means to prevent further harm to the public, which includes advocating for Mr. Packer to remain in custody. Ultimately, that decision is up to the courts.” 

Packer is being held in custody for his next court appearance. Further details about these incidents cannot be shared as the matter is before the courts.