Saanich Police says stolen parts used for a custom built Formula car have been recovered and a 48-year-old man is in court Thursday in connection to the crime.
The University of Victoria Formula Motorsport team reported to police unique parts put together to install in the custom built Formula car were stolen from the team’s trailer Apr. 24.
Saanich police officers were able to find the stolen parts listed for sale on Used Victoria.
On Wednesday, officers identified the person trying to sell the parts and arrested him for possession of property obtained by crime.
Police say the 48-year-old Victoria man is well known to police.
The theft happened just days before one competition, and less than two weeks away from the annual open-wheel Formula SAE Michigan race that draws engineering students from all over the world.
With the event looming, the team scrambled to express order over-the-counter parts, determined to rebuild what they could.
The team was able to get back on track and tested their newly renovated Formula car at Vancouver Island’s Motorsport Circuit in the Cowichan Valley.
The team is at the competition in Michigan, and police say the university will be arranging to expedite delivery of the parts to them.