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Thefts of and from vehicles cause for concern in Kelowna

RCMP and Crime Stoppers are looking to identify this man believed to be using a credit card fraudulently.
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June 23, 2016 - 5:05 PM

KELOWNA - A boat, dirt bike, quad and purse are among the items stolen in a recent rash of thefts from and of vehicles in the Kelowna area recently.

On June 5 a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado parked on Lakeshore road near Gyro Beach was broken into and a purse stolen. The driver’s door lock had been removed and the young woman quickly realized her stolen credit card had already been used at two locations, a release from Crime Stoppers says.

On June 15 a garage in the 3000-block of Webber Road in West Kelowna was broken into. The resident noticed his garage door was open as he was leaving for work around 6:20 a.m. His quad (a yellow 2001 500 cc Polaris Sportsman, VIN 4XACH50A61A500615 and B.C. license plate number 3B8931), orange 2006 KTM 250 SX dirt bike (VIN VBKMXJ4386M003770 and B.C. license plate number 0C3865), gun safe with guns and a number of other items, including riding gear, fishing gear, tools and a Cummins 3,000-watt generator, were also missing.

One neighbour said they looked outside when they heard a loud noise around 4:30 a.m. they saw two men and a grey pickup in front of the residence. The gun safe was later recovered on Glen Eagles Drive, where two witnesses saw two men drop the empty safe out of the back of a truck onto the road before driving away.

The stolen guns include a .307 Lever Action Winchester, a .308 Savage (with a compass carved into the stock), a .270 Remington 700, a .30-06 Remington 700, a 12-gauge Remington shotgun, a .303 British rifle and an assortment of .22s.

An ATV and dirt bike similar to those pictured were stolen from a garage in West Kelowna June 15, 2016.
An ATV and dirt bike similar to those pictured were stolen from a garage in West Kelowna June 15, 2016.
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Between June 17 and 19 a company truck left at an excavating site in the Lakes subdivision was broken into. A culprit entered the vehicle was unable to to get the 2000 Ford F250 started even after punching the ignition. They didn’t leave empty-handed though, the thief took off with an orange Stihl chop saw and a contractor laser level which had been in the back seat of the truck.

A Stihl chop saw similar to the one pictured was stolen out of a work vehicle earlier over the weekend.
A Stihl chop saw similar to the one pictured was stolen out of a work vehicle earlier over the weekend.
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A boat and trailer were stolen from the Banner Recreation parking lot on McCurdy Place shortly before 9:30 a.m. on June 21. A man entered the lot and walked around before breaking the hitch lock off of a 2016 23’ Campion Svfara boat (hull ID CAQHZV3001C616) and tried to hook it up to a newer large, light-coloured SUV. A man in a newer grey hatchback joined him in the compound to help out before both vehicles departed. The boat, valued at more than $140,000, was on a black Phoenix trailer, VIN 5VWBT2227HE009082, worth $8,500.

A boat and trailer, valued at nearly $150,000 combined, were stolen from the Banner Recreation parking lot earlier this week.
A boat and trailer, valued at nearly $150,000 combined, were stolen from the Banner Recreation parking lot earlier this week.
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If you know anything about these crimes, or any other crime, you are asked to call the Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tips line at 1-800-222-TIPS or visit our website at www.crimestoppers.net


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