On April 22, 2021, at approximately 6 p.m., front line officers were dispatched to the Devonshire Market, at 808 Goldstream Avenue, located in the heart of downtown Langford.
The market owner, Anoop DHAMI reported he had just caught a man attempting to steal an item. DHAMI told the man to leave, and the man exited the store, making comments about lighting fires as he walked out. DHAMI then began to smell the bear spray and called 911. Police attended and determined the suspect sprayed bear spray into the main area of the store through an external vent.
This is the fourth incident involving bear spray in the last week, said Cst Meighan Massey, Media Relations Officer for the West Shore RCMP,
There is an added risk with an aerosol such as bear spray to injure uninvolved bystanders. This is worrisome in a neighbourhood store frequented by children. Luckily, Mr. DHAMI did not sustain any injuries and police are continuing to investigate.
Police are looking to identify and locate the man from the store.
If you recognize this man, please contact the West Shore RCMP at (250) 474-2264, or contact our local CRIMESTOPPERS at (250) 475-4260.
Cst. Meighan Massey
Media Relations Officer