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Kelowna RCMP seek car thieves after string of locker room thefts

This woman is considered a suspect in four fitness centre thefts on Tuesday, Oct, 10, 2016.
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October 11, 2017 - 11:58 AM

KELOWNA - Three vehicles were stolen from different fitness club parking lots in Kelowna yesterday, and a fourth attempted theft has left police with a potential suspect.

RCMP say the thefts started at roughly 7:30 a.m. on yesterday, Oct. 10, when keys were stolen from the woman's change room at Goodlife Fitness on Gordon Drive. The SUV belonging to the victim was missing from the parking lot.

Approximately 90 minutes later another woman's keys went missing from her locker at the Steve Nash Fitness centre on Copper Road, according to an RCMP media release. A four-door hatchback was stolen.

Police say a third call came in just after 1 p.m. to report that keys belonging to a Hyundai SUV as well as credit cards and personal identification had been taken from a locker inside the Mission Fitness centre on Gordon Drive.

It wasn't until a fourth call came in that Mounties say they were able to identify suspects.

A woman at the YMCA on Hartman Road noticed her bag was missing and sent her boyfriend to check on their vehicle. That lead to a confrontation between the boyfriend and a woman who the police believe could be one of the suspects.

RCMP describe the suspect as a black woman in her 20s with black hair dyed red. She was seen wearing tight jeans and white sneakers. She was seen leaving the YMCA with a second woman who police describe as Caucasian and wearing a baggy T-shirt and a toque. The suspects drove away in a tan coloured SUV.

The image of one of the two suspects was captured on surveillance video.

As the police try to find the suspects they are asking the public to help track down the stolen vehicles. RCMP are looking for a 2008 white or beige Ford Escape with B.C. plate DS501N, a 2012 black Mini Cooper with B.C. plate CM855P and a 2009 grey Hyundai Elantra B.C. plate 744RSE.

Anybody with information about this case who has net yet spoken to police is asked to call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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