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St. Patrick's Day revelers keep Greater Victoria police busy

Mar 18 2012

St. Patrick’s Day revelers kept police throughout the region hopping Saturday night, with most of it low level “buffoonery.”

“I’d call it alcohol-induced buffoonery and drunken stupidity for the most part,” said West Shore RCMP Cpl. Scott Braes.

Police were called out numerous times to the same bar parking lots, where crowds were loud, prompting several noise complaints, Braes said.

West Shore cells were filled up this morning with people arrested for being drunk as well.

In the core, police were also kept busy but again, with mostly relatively minor complaints. The volume in Victoria was comparable to New Year’s Eve, traditionally one of the busiest nights of the year for police.

A robbery at the Jacklin Road 7-11 isn’t believed to be related to St. Patrick’s day though. A Caucasian man wearing a balaclava and armed with a kitchen butcher knife robbed the store at 1:45 a.m., leaving on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The man was dressed all in black, although his pants had a white stripe down the side. He is described as being five feet, three inches, and between 20 to 26 years old, with bushy eyebrows. Anyone with information is asked to call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264.