Oak Bay Police are investigating an incident in which an SUV was stolen and then dumped into the waters off of Cattle Point.
Deputy Chief Ray Bernoties told Victoria Buzz that the vehicle, a Toyota Sequoia, was reported stolen in West Shore on Sunday July 15th at about 11 p.m.
Oak Bay Police officers received a call about the vehicle on early Tuesday morning and, soon after, spotted the SUV submerged in 10 to 20 feet of water about 90 feet off the shore at Cattle Point.
It took C-Tow Marine crews approximately half an hour to remove the vehicle from the water – a task that was described as “very challenging and dangerous” in a tweet by the police.
“The vehicle was completely submerged in salt water for some time. I would expect that caused extensive damage,” stated Bernoties.
West Shore RCMP were called as soon as the vehicle was recovered, and the owner has been identified and informed about what happened.
Stolen SUV from Westshore dumped at Cattle Point last night. Ended up deeply submerged about 90 ft from shore. Very challenging & dangerous for C-Tow to remove. File still under investigation. #whileyouweresleeping pic.twitter.com/z0FGNz77G8
— Oak Bay Police (@OakBayPolice) July 17, 2018