A woman is facing potential charges after Victoria Police say they found her in possession of a stolen bike.
At around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, an officer with Community Services Division noticed a woman at Topaz Park with a purple Juliana Joplin full suspension mountain bike that had been the reported stolen the previous day during a break and enter in Saanich.
The bike is valued at approximately $8,000 and was returned it its owner.
The woman, according to VicPD, had no reason to have the bike and was arrested for possession of stolen property.
“This arrest and recovery of a stolen bike highlights some of the proactive work officers are doing to combat a rising trend in property crime in the Topaz Park area. In the area around Topaz Park, VicPD has seen an increase in property crime from six reported property crime incidents in the week of March 15-21 to 20 in the week of April 12-18,” said Victoria Police in a news release.
Following her arrest, the officer searched the woman and discovered weapons including a collapsible steel baton, a knife, and a hatchet.
VicPD say the woman is prohibited from possessing weapons and that she is also prohibited from possessing bikes without written permission.
The woman is now facing recommended charges of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, failure to comply with a probation order, and failure to comply with an undertaking.