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Trail of potato chips leads police to tipsy thieves

Jun 13 2012

Two drunken university students with a case of the munchies are facing possible break-and-enter charges after they stole a bag of barbecue potato chips from a Saanich woman's garage early Tuesday morning.

The homeowner in the 2900-block of Foul Bay Road was awoken about 3: 15 a.m. by her chihuahua barking and growling loudly. She heard voices in her garage and called 911 to report a break and enter, said Saanich police spokesman Sgt. Dean Jantzen.

The homeowner's daughter had left the garage door open and the intoxicated women apparently couldn't resist a snack while stumbling by, Jantzen said.

Because the Saanich home is close to the Oak Bay and Victoria border, officers from three departments - including a canine unit - flooded the scene.

It wasn't hard to find the thieves, as they had left a trail of chips leading to some bushes, where the bag of Zellers-brand chips was found. The two apologetic 20-somethings were nearby, Jantzen said.

"They quickly realized they had bitten off more than they could chew when the police dogs were deployed and significant resources flooded the area," he said.

While the women might have thought the theft was harmless, the homeowner was terrified that a burglar was lurking in her garage, Jantzen said.

As the 22-year-old and 24-year-old have no criminal records, police may refer them to a restorativejustice program.

kderosa@timescolonist.com

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