West Shore RCMP crime briefs

Home invasion in Langford; frozen food thief in View Royal

Home invasion on Peatt Road

Two men busted into a Langford apartment on Sunday in a suspected drug-related home invasion.

A witness in an apartment in the 2700 block of Peatt Road called police after hearing yelling and banging in his neighbour’s unit, and then seeing two masked men running out of the building.

He found his distraught 22-year-old neighbour bound by his hands and feet with zip-strip plastic ties. He released the apparent victim, who then fled the scene on foot too.

West Shore RCMP say this was a targeted attack on a person linked to the drug trade.

“The victim is not co-operating,” said West Shore RCMP Sgt. Max Fossum. “This victim is well-known by police.”

West Shore RCMP brought in a police dog, but couldn’t find the suspects or the victim. Police did find a knife and brass knuckles near the rear exit of the building, which they suspect were planted there by the two masked men as part of the home invasion plan.

Fossum said investigators think the suspects ran off with cash and a few electronic items. The apartment itself was searched as a crime scene had some minor drug paraphernalia.

That apartment building on Peatt Road near Goldstream Avenue has been the scene of a few of drug-related incidents in the past, including a stabbing in June 2010. A RCMP emergency response team used a ram and a flash-bang grenade to enter an apartment in the building in January 2009 on a drug warrant.

Fossum said home invasions where criminals target other criminals puts the wider community at risk. “There is a risk of them hitting the wrong place,” he said.

Anyone who knows anything about this incident can call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Anyone who suspects drug activity in their neighbourhood is encouraged to call police at either of the same numbers.

Frozen food thief at Four Mile Pub

A man walked in the back door of Four Mile Pub last Friday and made off with bags of frozen food.

Described as bald with a mustache and about 40 years old, the suspect entered an unlocked back door of the pub in View Royal at about 12:45 a.m. on March 9.

Video surveillance shows him entering the freezer and walking out with a few bags of frozen food. About 30 minutes later he returned and took a few more frozen items.

“Usually it’s wine for restaurants, but it does happen with food,” said RCMP Sgt. Max Fossum.

Fossum said pub management confirmed the man isn’t an employee. Nothing else was stolen, he said, and the restaurant wasn’t vandalized. The suspect was wearing a green hoodie and jeans.

Anyone who knows anything about this incident can call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

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