January 27, 2014 - 12:20 PM
OSOYOOS - Travelling thieves may be to blame for nine incidents of thefts and break-ins in the area.
The reports came into Osoyoos RCMP from January 21-26.
On January 21, two Fortis transformers were reported stolen from Hwy 3 and Empire Road. A white Astro van with a utility trailer was seen in the area and police say it may be connected to the incident. One of the transformers was found, but had been dismantled for metal in Keremeos.
A few days later on January 25, police received four more reports.
A fruit picker cabin on the 6000 block of 31 Street was broken into and fuel stolen from tidy tanks. The locks on the tanks had been cut. In another theft, the lock on a tool shed door on a property located on the 5400 block of 31 Street was cut and a Briggs and Stratton generator and two Stihl chainsaws were taken.
In the third incident, thieves attempted to break into a fifth wheel trailer on the 3800 block of Lakeshore Drive. They attempted to gain access by breaking the window, but failed to get inside the trailer. Blood was found on the broken window and was sent for DNA analysis.
The fourth incident happened at the Highway 3 view point west of Osoyoos. A safe had been stolen, pried open and dumped at the viewpoint. Police are examining it for evidence.
January 26 brought three more complaints.
Thieves were working the night shift, first entering an unlocked truck canopy at the back of the Best Western. Two green suitcases were stolen and a blue plastic bin full of food from Costco.
In the second, an unlocked car parked on the 4200 block of Oleander Drive was entered and a Tom Tom, GPS and charging cable were taken.
The third theft was discovered by people returning coming home from work. They saw the patio door at the residence on the 3600 block of 97 Street was forced open. Their TV was gone.
Two other thefts from cars happened sometime over the weekend. Both vehicles were owned by Osoyoos Coyotes hockey players and broken into at the Sunbowl Arena. The vehicles were left in the lot while the team was on a road trip. The windows were broken and items stolen, including a radar detector and expensive sunglasses.
Anyone with information about any of these crimes or the identity of these thieves can contact the Osoyoos RCMP at 250-495-7236 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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