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Okanagan contractor seeks help identifying suspected construction site thief

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February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM

VERNON - An Okanagan developer is attempting to piece things together after thousands of dollars worth of tools and material were stolen from a construction site in Vernon.

Kelowna-based Sawchuk Developments Co. Ltd. has had copper pipe, extension cords, drills, grinders and more lifted from a project site at 27 Street and 39 Avenue over the past three weeks. The most recent theft was this past weekend. 

A representative from the development company who asked not to be identified says the financial loss is around $10,000, not counting the security they’ve been forced to hire to guard the site. 

The company obtained video surveillance footage from across the street and says it shows a man breaking into the fenced compound.

The company contacted two other contractors in the area and says both claimed to have also been targeted by thieves. Hoping to recover some of the stolen goods, the developer also called a local pawn shop and metal recycling facility, both of which indicated someone had been there recently trying to sell copper. 

The company provided with several video surveillance clips of a person of interest and is asking anyone with information to contact the RCMP.

RCMP Cpl. Spencer Hornoi confirms the detachment is investigating but would not give any details because police “don’t have anything concrete to release.” 

Hornoi had no comment on whether similar thefts have been happening in the region.



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