Saanich strata president says condo targeted by thieves


WATCH: A Saanich strata condo president says residents don’t feel safe because their condo is being targeted by thieves.

Conway Carruthers says residents in his Saanich condo building don’t feel safe because of repeated break-ins.

On Tuesday morning, a man was seen on surveillance camera footage breaking into the condo’s electrical room.

He tripped the main breaker, causing the building to lose power, before leaving the scene.

Luckily, nothing was stolen.

But a week ago, someone else made their way into the parking garage, broke into Carruthers’ pickup truck and stole a variety of items.

The person also made off with a $900 bike belonging to Carruthers’ roommate, Chris Mattila.

“I was pretty heartbroken when my bike got stolen. I use it to get to school. So it’s kind of my transportation tool,” Mattila said.

No one was hurt, but Carruthers believes it could have been much worse.

“It makes us feel like we have to build a fortress to try and be safe,” he said.

Carruthers recently used up all his vacation days installing security cameras, which cost the strata corporation about $2,500.

Saanich police say they’re beginning an investigation, and that those two incidents have been the only ones of their kind in the neighbourhood recently.

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