August 12, 2016 - 9:47 AM
KELOWNA – RCMP have released cell phone footage of a Kelowna man confronting an alleged thief caught rummaging through a parked vehicle last weekend.
The low quality footage shows a resident of the 500 block of Cawston Avenue as he approaches a man police say was going through the vehicle. Although nothing was taken, it has prompted police to warn residents to lock their vehicles whenever possible.
“The cell phone video, which unfortunately is of poor quality, shows the individual exiting the passenger side of the black Kia and walking out of the area, while a woman is heard in the background providing details to emergency call takers,” Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says. “RCMP officers conducted patrols in the area, however the suspect was not located.”
The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, wearing a black sleeveless shirt, black jogging pants, a baseball cap, a gold chain around his neck and carrying a black back pack.
The Don’t be an Easy Target campaign continues in its second year, this time with a social media component,” O’Donaghey says. “Residents who post a picture of the Don't be an Easy Target decal on a vehicle window to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using hashtags #Kelowna #dontbeaneasytarget are entered to win a $50 certificate to a local restaurant or retailer.
Decals can be picked up at the Kelowna RCMP detachment, any Community Policing Office or the Parkinson Recreation Centre.
Anyone with any information that may assist with this investigation is asked to contact Cst. Kimberly Ivanitz of the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. 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.
For more information about the Don’t be an Easy Target campaign and this summer’s social media contest, visit this website.
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