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Break and enters abound in Penticton area

Calls for police assistance continue to rise as summer approaches, with Penticton RCMP responding to several break and enters last week.
June 14, 2016 - 5:00 PM

PENTICTON - Break and enters were a big part of the workload as the Penticton detachment responded to more than 370 calls for service last week.

A residential break and enter on West Bench Drive was reported 6:30 a.m. on June 8, police spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says. A suspicious Dodge pickup with a loud muffler and a motorbike in the back was seen in the area with a white male, tall with a heavy build, near it.

Next door, an older blue van driven by a man in his 30s, was confronted by neighbours. He said he was looking for gas and quickly departed. The neighbour, who took the vehicle's plate number, then noticed the front door of the residence had been broken into. The theft is being investigated.

When officers ran the plate number they found the plates had been stolen in Summerland from an Acura SUV registered out of Vancouver. The Acura was recovered on Shingle Creek Road June 9.

A motorcycle was also stolen out of Summerland around the same time as the Acura plates were taken.

A garage was also broken into on Hastings Avenue on June 8. A mitre saw, fly-tying kit, socket set and other tools were reported missing.

A break and enter was reported at T Bones Fresh Meal Market on Riverside Drive over the weekend. Security video shows a man wearing black entering the building through a smashed front entry, filling bags with product and exiting the store in less than a minute around 2 a.m. Sunday, June 12. 

At 6:19 a.m., casino security observed two men rifling through vehicles in the parkade. Police responded and apprehended two men after a short foot chase. One of the men was found to be in breach of an undertaking.

Also on Sunday, a break and enter in West Bench had police executing search warrants for two men and one woman who were positively identified at the scene.The investigation continues.

Jewelry, a TV and a safe were taken in a residential break and enter in the 1200-block of Naramata Road Monday night, June 13. Thieves cut a window screen to access a deadbolt. The police identification team is investigating.

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