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Theft from vehicles on the rise in West Kelowna

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August 11, 2016 - 3:06 PM

WEST KELOWNA – From Glenrosa to Rose Valley and Lakeview Heights, residents of West Kelowna are noticing a disturbing trend.

Theft from vehicles appears to be happening more and more often, according to RCMP.

“Investigators have seen typical items taken from vehicles including: purses, wallets, identification, credit/debit cards, cash, loose change, GPS devices, digital cameras, cellular phones, tablets, jewelry, insurance documents, licence plates and sunglasses,” Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says in a media release. “In other cases officers have learned that thieves have gone as far as taking items of clothing, a wall clock, darts, a lunch kit and even the head lights and tail lights attached to a vehicle.”

O’Donaghey says West Kelowna RCMP generated more than 20 theft from vehicle files over a two week period recently.

“Thieves appear to have been targeting vehicles in both residential and business/commercial areas throughout the city,” he says. “The majority of those targeted had been left insecure and at times with windows down. In most cases the thefts appear to have been committed overnight, however some thefts occurred while vehicles were left parked temporarily in store parking lots or at the beach.”

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

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