An Oak Bay Police Vehicle. (Oak Bay News file)

Police Briefs: Electric bicycle stolen, cars continue to be targeted

A number of car break-ins last week all had something in common: unlocked doors

Thieves entering unlocked vehicles continues to be a problem in Oak Bay, according to the police department’s weekly media release.

This comes after last week’s reminder to keep doors locked, especially this time of year.

On Dec. 10 a resident had two of their unlocked vehicles entered along the 800-block of Linkleas Ave. The resident lost insurance papers from one vehicle, and children’s movies from the other.

LAST WEEK: Window smashed, car robbed in daylight

On Dec. 14 a driver was issued a ticket for following too closely after rear-ending the vehicle in front of them. The lead vehicle had stopped at a crosswalk when the incident took place; no major injuries were reported.

On Dec. 15 a woman had her electric bicycle stolen from the the 1700-block of Elgin Rd. The Green Light Cycle Urban Cruzer has an approximate value of $3,000. Because the bike was only locked through the front wheel, whoever took the bike was able to simply remove the front wheel and depart with frame.

Later that evening a business owner in the 2000-block of Cadboro Bay Rd. had their front window smashed.

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Oak Bay Police and Fire also responded to downed power lines Dec. 15 at the intersection of Newport Ave. and Currie Rd. A large oak tree branch sheared off the top portion of a hydro pole, severing the power lines which fell onto the sidewalk causing officials to secure the area. BC Hydro and Oak Bay Public Works assisted with repairs.

Lastly, on Dec. 16 three unlocked vehicles were entered overnight. Two of them were along the 1000 block of Foul Bay Rd, while the third was on the 1200 block of Hewlett Place. One of the vehicles had an LG cell phone, GPS unit, and digital camera stolen. The other two were refiled through.



jesse.laufer@oakbaynews.com

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