Saturday, February 03, 2007

Clown-masked thief breaks into condo

Rob Shaw
Times Colonist
Thursday, February 01, 2007

It wasn’t Ronald McDonald or Krusty, but some Bozo in a clown outfit broke into a Cordova Bay Road condo last night.

The costumed criminal climbed up construction scaffolding to find an unlocked sliding glass door on the fourth floor, said Saanich police Sgt. John Price.

The clown started rummaging through drawers and cupboards before accidentally opening a door to the bedroom, where a man was just settling down for a night’s sleep.

Not surprisingly, the man was shocked to be confronted with the worst fear of almost any child and the plot of a gripping Stephen King novel — a menacing clown in your bedroom.

“It’s one thing to have a suspect break into your room, but it’s quite another thing to have a clown break into your room,” said Price.

The clown made a grab for the man’s watch, which was sitting on a nightstand table. But the condo resident told him to get lost, and the clown fled down the scaffolding, said Price.
A police dog was unable to catch the clown scent. However, there were muddy footprints in the apartment, said Price.

It doesn’t appear the clown prince of crime got away with any actual items — that is, assuming the intruder was a man. Price said that’s unclear.

“There’s no indication on gender because the clown didn’t say a word.”

Anyone who saw something “unusual” in the 5100 block of Cordova Bay Road around 10:30 p.m. is asked to phone Saanich police at 475-4321.

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