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$10,000 worth of tools stolen from Vernon business

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November 06, 2018 - 3:30 PM

VERNON – After warning North Okanagan residents about an increase in the number of incidents of tool theft, police says another business has been hit.

A business in the 200 block of 18 Avenue in Vernon was broken into between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. yesterday, Nov. 5, and approximately $10,000 worth of industrial tools was stolen.

Vernon media relations officer Const. Kelly Brett says in a media release the suspects gained entry through a fence and broke into utility trailers housing the tools. Numerous Makita, Milwaukee and Dewalt drills, saws and levels were taken.

“Incidents such as this are very disheartening for local business owners, who rely on these tools to provide trades to the community,” Brett says.

Police are focused on the recent spike in tool thefts in the North Okanagan, but are appealing to the public for help keeping an eye out for the sale of stolen tools, she says.

“Buying stolen property rewards criminal activity and contributes to increased property theft and related crimes including stolen vehicles, drugs, weapons and violent crimes,” Brett says.

Just yesterday, Brett issued a media release providing advice on how to avert tool theft.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident or recent thefts is asked to contact the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leaving a tip online at www.nokscrimestoppers.com.

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