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Police boat and at least 19 others damaged at West Kelowna marina

The RCMP police boat was one of at least 20 boats vandalized in West Kelowna last week.
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May 27, 2016 - 3:59 PM

WEST KELOWNA – Two people caught on video surveillance vandalizing boats moored at the Shelter Bay Marina last week have yet to be caught by police.

A man and a woman targeted at least 20 vessels sometime between midnight and 7 a.m. on May 20. A media release from Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says the suspects can be seen “committing both mischiefs and thefts from vessels.”

One of the boats belongs to the RCMP.

“Our RCMP boat sustained significant damage to its inflatable pontoon,” O'Donaghey says in the release. “The culprits cut out and removed an approximate four-foot long chunk of the vessels pontoon, then damaged parts of its electrical components. Thieves then stole emergency safety equipment from the RCMP vessel including personal floatation devices, flares, a set of a binoculars and a police radio.”

Video of the two suspects, a man and a woman, are being analysed by investigators but RCMP are asking the public for help identifying them.

The man is described as a Caucasian male, in his late 20's. The woman is described as a Caucasian Female, in her early 20's, with blonde hair.

“This is very disappointing to the local RCMP detachment, as this senseless act delays the launch of our vessel on the waters of Okanagan Lake,” Cst. Rolly Williams, West Kelowna RCMP boat coordinator of the First Nations Policing Unit says in the release. “Local detachments and communities often depend on the RCMP vessel to respond to calls for service. Now our vessel is dry docked until it can be properly repaired and re stocked.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cst. Rohel Williams of the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

Police are looking for help from the public identifying a man and a woman in their 20s who were caught on camera vandalizing boats in West Kelowna last week.
Police are looking for help from the public identifying a man and a woman in their 20s who were caught on camera vandalizing boats in West Kelowna last week.
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