Saanich Police Investigate Abandoned Boats and Marine Crime in Cadboro Bay

Saanich Police say they continue to patrol the Cadboro Bay, B.C. area following increased reports of maritime crime in the area and due to the presence of abandoned boats.

Saanich Police – alongside Oak Bay Police, RCMP Marine Services and local community groups – increased their presence in the area in early June.

In late June, police had issued a warrant for two men suspected of being linked to property crimes aboard boats along the coastline.

On Thursday, police said the two men, Thomas Cudworth, 33, and Jack Chisholm, 23, had been arrested and remained in custody.

‘WATER WORLD’

Meanwhile, police investigated abandoned boats in the area.

On Tuesday, members of the Saanich Police Dive Team searched the area around a large “aquatic world” made up of several interconnected boats.

Police say the divers spotted pollution and debris they believe came from the boats. Saanich Police have contacted the owners of the boats and the investigation into these vessels is ongoing.

“We want the community to understand that we take this seriously and that the investigation is moving forward,” said Const. Markus Anastasiades in a statement Thursday.

“We continue to ask people in the area to report any suspicious activity they observe to the police,” he said.

Anyone with information about abandoned boats in the Cadboro Bay area is asked to contact Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 or send anonymous information to Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Saanich Police say they began patrolling Cadboro Bay with Oak Bay Police and RCMP in June after an increase in crime reports. (Saanich Police)

Earnest A. Martinez