Arrest made in beach pipe bomb hoax

18-year-old Victoria man may be charged with mischief

An 18-year-old Victoria man may be charged with mischief in relation to a pipe bomb incident which closed a section of Beach Drive for four hours in March.

On March 24, Oak Bay resident Tai Orser, his brother and cousins discovered what appeared to be a pipe bomb with a cell phone, nine volt battery and two wire leads attached. The boys contacted police who secured the area while members from the RCMP explosives disposal and technology section attended the scene to disable the device that did not detonate.

The remnants underwent forensic examination and the investigation led police to evidence that identified the owner of one of the items that was part of the pipe bomb hoax.

“There was a piece with a serial number on it, and from that item used to build the device, we were able to trace it back to the owner,” said Oak Bay Chief Constable Mark Fisher.

On May 16, Oak Bay Police Department investigators located and interviewed the 18-year-old Victoria man. During the interview the suspect admitted responsibility for creating the hoax bomb and throwing it in the ocean near the public beach, said Fisher.

“He built it and decided he wanted to dispose of it and didn’t know what to do,” Fisher added. The young man then decided to get rid of the device by throwing it into the ocean near where it washed up on March 24. “He thought it was the safest way to get rid of it,” he said.

The 18-year-old, who cannot be identified as he has yet to be charged, admitted his guilt to Oak Bay officers, “once presented with the evidence,” Fisher said. Criminal charges of mischief against the man have been forwarded to the Crown Counsel for consideration.The young man has no previous criminal record, Fisher added.

Just Posted

Rebels season over after loss in Cullen Cup Final

Westshore had won ten straight games prior to championship game

More than 900 new units planned for Langford Lake development

Council still has to sign-off on rezoning application

Hey Amazon, the bid’s in the mail: Langford mayor

The City of Langford has officially submitted its bid to become the home of Amazon HQ2.

Art has become a lifestyle for local resident

Coast Collective’s latest exhibit celebrates all things late fall

Deadline looming for youth transitional housing

Province says funding for 10 units not available at this time

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

EDITORIAL: It’s time to change the sexual assault conversation

The words “Me Too” are taking social media by storm this week,… Continue reading

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Event puts pets in the picture for Halloween

Pets West holding Halloween party Oct. 29 at its Broadmead Village location

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Dorsett has 2 goals, assist in Canucks’ 4-2 win over Sabres

‘It was a real good hockey game by our group,’ Canucks coach Travis Green said.

Most Read