Action-packed morning follows busy week for Oak Bay police

Oak Bay isn’t always as quiet as people think it is, Oak Bay Deputy Police Chief Ray Bernoties posted in a tongue-in-cheek tweet Monday.

“Shh, we’re trying to maintain the ‘Nothing ever happens in #OakBay image,’ ” he said.

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Beginning at 2 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a call to keep the peace, a break-and-enter with two vehicles stolen simultaneously from a garage, two people being kicked out of an apartment and a report of a prowler.

Bernoties said the keys were inside the garage when it was entered by two suspects, who left with both vehicles that were there.

One of the vehicles had been recovered in Victoria by mid-morning on Monday, he said, but a pickup truck was still missing.

The men told to leave the apartment were at a complex that has presented some ongoing issues, Bernoties said.

With the prowler call, police responded to south Oak Bay but no one was found, he said. Officers spotted a deer nearby and thought the animal could have been mistaken for a suspicious person.

The spate of calls came on the heels of a busy week for Oak Bay police, who responded to a range of incidents that included a possible impaired driver at Willows Beach, two hit-and-run reports and three thefts from vehicles.

“These types of things aren’t completely unheard of here,” Bernoties said. “The reason I put my tweet out is our officers sometimes get a bit annoyed that everyone suggests that there’s nothing to do in Oak Bay.

“But we see quite a different side of society.”

He said Oak Bay is a “fantastic” place to work and live “but in any community with 18,000 people you have crime.”

jwbell@timescolonist.com

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