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Handyman thief repairs pickup in North Okanagan before driving away

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March 06, 2017 - 12:00 PM

VERNON - A thief in the North Okanagan obviously saw some value in a pickup truck that only had three wheels on it.

According to police, he fixed it before driving off in it.

The unusual theft happened on Sunday, March 5, when a red, unplated 1991 Ford Ranger pickup was left in the parking lot of Bill’s New and Used Consignments on Westside Road for repairs.

The truck was missing a wheel and required some other repairs as well, Noseworthy says.

She says at around 11:45 a.m., a Caucasian man in his 20s with short, black hair and wearing a black winter jacket, was seen walking into the parking lot.

“He put a new tire on the truck, then drove away in it,” she says.

Ironically, police are also investigating the theft of a single tire from Feb. 19. The suspect in that unsolved case allegedly climbed the fence at Vernon Auto Wreckers and made off with a tire from the compound. Police have not said the two cases are related.

Meanwhile, police are also looking for tips about a red, 2000 two-door Honda Civic with B.C. licence plate EB913W that was stolen from a driveway in the 2500 block of 30 Ave in Vernon March 6.

They are also hoping the public can help track down a toolbox that was stolen from a worksite in the 2900 block of 33 Street in Vernon on March 3. The toolbox was a black and orange Black and Decker box and contained a variety of hand tools, all of which have the initials “M.J.” engraved on them. The estimated value of the contents is between $400 to $500.

Anyone with information about any of the crimes is asked to call the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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