Organized thieves busy in Lumby and Cherryville

LUMBY – Thieves in Lumby and Cherryville are targeting auto parts and ATV’s.

RCMP have been busy over the past few weeks investigating a number of stolen ATV’s.

The latest were a pair of brand new Polaris Razors were taken from a garage on Birch Road in Lumby on June 8.

“These thefts are organized and well planned,” Cpl. Henry Proce says in a media release. “They appear to ‘case’ the homes carefully during the day and commit the thefts at night.”

The police are urging ATV owners to be vigilant and make sure their machines are out of sight and securely locked.

While the ATV thefts remained unsolved, RCMP have caught up with an auto parts thief in Cherryville.

A Cherryville man is facing charges of theft over $5,000 and possession of stolen property in connection with auto parts and tools stolen from Gilbert Parts Depot.

Steven Drage, 48, was arrested on June 18 and is being held in custody. RCMP say he is ‘very’ well known to investigators.

Cpl. Proce said Drage is believed to have been working with two associates and likely cost the business thousands of dollars.

Police have recovered a fraction of the stolen parts and tools.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infotelnews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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