22 vehicles in Oak Bay vandalized

Six officers investigating overnight crime spree

South Oak Bay was hit by a spree of vehicle vandalism and theft this morning.

Between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., at least 22 vehicles targeted – windows were smashed and in some cases, items were stolen from inside.

The first report came in to Oak Bay police at 5 a.m. today (May 27) and since that time, many more have poured in, said Deputy Chief Kent Thom.

“It’s really hard to believe we had that many vehicles targeted and we didn’t get a call until about 5 this morning,” he said.

Three Oak Bay officers are working with three forensic identification officers from Saanich police are working in the area today, in an effort to suss out a suspect.

The areas hit include Oliver Street, between the 400 and 900 block, the 200-block of McNeill Avenue  and Transit Road between the 400 and 900 block.

Whoever is – or are – responsible for the vandalisms likely walked or biked along the targeted street, Thom said. Only the driver’s side windows were broken.

Oak Bay police are asking for the public to help identify who might be responsible by reporting suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods, by calling 250-592-2424.

Vehicle owners should park in their driveways if possible, Thom added, to “make it more difficult for a would-be criminal.”