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Kamloops woman comes face-to-face with thief in her home

Bev Rogers found this bike in her front yard before watching a stranger exit her front door around 7:45 a.m., July 29, 2021.
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July 28, 2021 - 8:00 PM

When Bev Rogers came home from a night shift at the hospital and found a bike mysteriously laying on her front yard on Kamloops' North Shore on Wednesday morning, she was surprised. What was more shocking was seeing the man emerge through her front door, pick up the bike and leave just minutes later.

Her throat is still sore from screaming for help as she watched the man pedal away after breaking into her home.

"He didn't care. He wasn't shocked by any means to see me," Rogers said. "That was such a helpless and powerless feeling to see him walking out of my home."

She said he sauntered from her front door on Jasper Avenue before picking up the bike to leave with things he'd stolen from her house. He glanced at her and biked away without looking back.

Rogers called police at 7:47 a.m., July 28, just as the man was biking away. She said RCMP arrived within minutes and searched the area with multiple cruisers, but it was too late to find the suspect.

"It's totally violating," she said. "He searched through everything I have. Now the door is smashed in and I've started an insurance claim."

Although the front door was locked, the man was able to kick through the deadbolt and gain entry. 

He left with American and Mexican cash that Rogers had in the house, along with some of her daughters' toys. She was surprised to find other valuable things like her laptop were still in the house.

According to Kamloops RCMP, the suspect left southbound on Schubert Avenue, but they haven't found him.

In an emailed statement to iNFOnews.ca, police describe the suspect as a 40-year-old Indigenous male with a medium build. He is five-foot-eight, with black hair under a ballcap and carrying a red backpack.

It's not the first time Rogers has experienced property crime at her home, but a break-in is much more severe and violating than what she's dealt with before. Previously, she's had more minor issues like lawn lights and backpacks stolen from her yard, and her vehicle has been searched any time doors were left unlocked.

Rogers says she wishes she had called 9-1-1 as soon as she came home, but between the few minutes of finding the bike and the suspect walking from her front door, she did not expect that there would have been a stranger in her home.

Now, her front door remains locked, although it's damaged, and she worries about how she'll tell her daughters about the break-in when they come home on Friday.

The suspect broke into Bev Rogers' front door on the morning of July 28, 2021, leaving behind damage to the door and its frame.
The suspect broke into Bev Rogers' front door on the morning of July 28, 2021, leaving behind damage to the door and its frame.
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