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Neighbour posts videos of alleged thief breaking into vehicles

An alleged thief is caught on a homeowner's video security system in the Juniper Ridge neighbourhood in Kamloops, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2014.
Image Credit: YouTube

KAMLOOPS - A resident of Juniper Ridge is doing his own police work by taking advantage of some surveillance video and social media.

The security cameras on Mark Lane’s home have caught images of a man stealing from his neighbour’s vehicles along Similkameen Place.

Lane has posted the videos to his Facebook page and YouTube with the comment, “Juniper Ridge thief struck last night stealing from cars all along Similkameen Place. Let’s share this post to see if we can identify him.”

The videos show a man shining a flashlight into cars and trucks and in one case opening a vehicle and going inside.

Const. Jason Epp with the Kamloops RCMP detachment says they have a report that two iPhone 6s were stolen from an unlocked car. He’d like to have a copy of the surveillance videos.

He’s all for homeowners posting video to social media.

“You know what, at the end of the day if it helps the investigation, if it leads to further tips to help us identify the suspects then it’s certainly an avenue or a tool that could be beneficial,” Epp says. “But they need to keep in mind they still need to contact the police and update us with further information or evidence that could help secure charges if the suspects are identified.”

Lane claims on YouTube the thief also stole car parts and lighting fixtures from another neighbour’s vehicle.

When asked if there is any danger for the person posting videos of an alleged crime Epp said, “I would probably put the risk at fairly low.”

Anyone with information that could help identify the suspect is asked to call the Kamloops RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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