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Saanich hit with garage break-ins

Oct 17 2012

Tools, a pair of laptops and even frozen food were among the items taken in a series of Saanich garage break-ins.

In the first case on Oct. 10, a garage on Miller Avenue, off Wilkinson Road, was entered through an unlocked door and two laptops being repaired were stolen. Their value is about $400.

Next, a garage break-in discovered Oct. 13 on nearby Viewmont Avenue netted a haul of food that included three cases of frozen chicken breasts and a package of spare ribs.

The theft was noticed when a family member went to get something from the freezer. Like the first incident, access was gained through an unlocked door.

Finally, across the municipality on Sinclair Road, another garage was entered overnight on Oct. 14.

"Several tools were taken, including a significant-sized compound mitre saw," said Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen. He said it was likely that a vehicle was used to transport the tools.

The trio of break-ins serves as a reminder that outbuildings and garages need to be secured, Jantzen said. "A dead-bolt on the entryway from the garage into the home is important." Some thieves concentrate on garden sheds, he added.

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