December 29, 2015 - 11:59 AM
LAKE COUNTRY - Parked vehicles left unlocked, two with garage door openers inside, led to the theft of electronics and loose change this morning, as well as tools and fishing gear from a garage.
A vehicle parked in the 9800 block Sonata Road in Lake Country was broken into sometime before 9 a.m. today, Dec. 29. RCMP say the vehicle was left unlocked and the suspect was able to gain entry into the victim’s garage with a garage door opener that was left in the vehicle.
Fishing gear and tools valued at more than $2,000 were stolen.
A second complaint came from someone in the 9700 block of Santina Road a short time later. The second vehicle was also left unlocked and this time an iPod, headphones and a cell phone were taken.
A third incident was reported in the 11000 block of Jackson Court. This time loose change was taken from the unlocked vehicle and while a garage door opener was also left in the vehicle there is no evidence of the garage having been entered by the suspect.
“The part that is most disconcerting to me is that registered owners are leaving their vehicles unlocked, along with their garage door openers inside,” Cst. Katrina Claypool of Lake Country RCMP says in a release. “Doing so allows the suspect access to the victim’s garage where they could potentially steal even more valuable property.”
“Police would also like to suggest that the public consider going as far as disabling their automatic overhead garage doors when they are home, as some newer model vehicles with the garage door opener built in can sometimes be used when the vehicle is turned off,” Cst. Jesse O’Donaghey with Kelowna RCMP Media Relations adds.
Residents are being asked to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police, by calling Lake Country RCMP at 250-766-2288 or 9-1-1 if it’s an emergency.
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