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Sound of breaking glass reported by many, was Victoria liquor store robbery

May 15 2012

Four people are facing break-and-enter charges after the glass door of Spinnakers’ Beer and Wine Store in James Bay was smashed in and fistfuls of liquor taken Tuesday morning.

Four people were arrested early this morning after the break-in at 425 Simcoe Street, according to police. After midnight, Victoria police received several 911 calls reporting the sounds of breaking glass at the liquor store and seeing four people fleeing the scene.

With detailed descriptions from witnesses, police contained the area and used the dog unit to track the suspects and collect evidence, according to spokesman Const. Mike Russell.

Several bottles of hard liquor were scattered throughout the neighbourhood as the suspects fled on foot.

The dog unit found one of the suspects, a 30-year-old woman, hiding in a wood pile behind a home in the 400-block of Luxton Avenue.

She ignored commands to come out, Russell said, and was bitten in the calf. The suspect was taken to hospital as a precaution, police said.

Victoria police eventually rounded up the three remaining suspects. All four face charges of break and enter.

The 30-year-old woman and 18-year-old woman were held in custody overnight and are scheduled to appear in court today.

A 24-year-old woman and 16-year-old man were released on promises to appear in court on June 25, according to police.

ceharnett@timescolonist.com