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Suspect sought after window-breaking spree in downtown Victoria

Police released a grainy image of the suspect caught on a surveillance camera.

Victoria police are on the hunt for a suspect who went on a window-smashing spree downtown early Wednesday.

Six businesses had windows smashed. Police said there may be other incidents that have not been reported.

VicPD said investigators are working to determine if the same suspect is responsible for all of the incidents. Police released a grainy image of the suspect caught on a surveillance camera, and described him as a white man wearing black pants and a black jacket with the hood up, and black shoes.

Officers were initially called to a restaurant in the 1100 block of Government Street at 6 a.m. when a staff member found a broken front window. While investigating that incident, officers found another smashed window at a pub across the street where they determined the same man was responsible for both.

While officers were investigating at the pub, a passerby told them there was another broken window at a store at Fort and Government streets. Security staff at that location told police there were similarities between the suspect who damaged the windows at the pub and the restaurant.

At 10:30 a.m., officers were called to three businesses in the 500 block of Johnson Street, where more windows had been shattered. VicPD spoke with staff at each business who had discovered front or side windows smashed as they were opening for business.

Investigators are looking for witnesses who were in the area about 6 a.m. Wednesday. They are also looking for surveillance video, particularly the area between the 500 block of Johnson Street and the 1000 block of Government Street.

If your windows were damaged, if you have information about any of the incidents or were in the area, or if you have surveillance video from the area, call VicPD at 250-995-7654 extension 1.