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Suspect connected to Saanich liquor store thefts identified

Investigators believe suspect visited store four times starting in June
A total of 11 bottles of liquor have been stolen from the store in the 3200-block of Shelbourne Street since late June. (Black Press Media file photo)

Investigators have identified the suspect involved in multiple thefts from a local liquor store in Saanich over the summer.

The suspect is believed to have been part of a group that entered a liquor store in the 3200-block of Shelbourne Street on four separate occasions beginning in late June, according to a police report.

CCTV shows a suspect stealing one, and sometimes two bottles of liquor at a time, from the shelves before running out of the store.

During one of these occasions in July, store staff tried to stop the theft but an employee was assaulted in the process. On another occasion, the suspect attempted to use bear spray against an employee but was unsuccessful.

Eleven bottles of liquor in total were stolen from the store.

Anyone with additional information on this case can call the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321.

To make an anonymous report, call the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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