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Police looking for thieves as autoparts shops experience rash of thefts

January 13, 2017 - 12:13 PM

VERNON - A spat of break and enters in the North Okanagan seem to be targeting a particular type of business.

There have been a series of attempted and successful break and enters since Dec. 20 targeting businesses selling car parts, according to a police press release. Lordco employees have reported three incidents to police, while Napa Auto Parts on 43 Avenue have had two and Vernon Battery on 25 Avenue had an attempted break in.

The first two incidents happened Dec. 20. Around 4:45 a.m. an individual tried to get into Vernon Battery, but only succeeded in damaging the front door. Shortly after, around 5 a.m. someone was able to break into Napa Autoparts, stealing gloves, a battery and a saw.

A couple days later, around midnight on Dec. 23 the Napa Auto Parts was broken into again, by an unknown person. A portable TIG welding system was stolen. A surveillance camera recorded a white truck with a flatbed coming and going from the scene.

A week later on Dec. 30 a Lordco storage unit on the business’s property was broken into, for the first time. Employees reported 16 Firestone Airbag Suspension kits were stolen.

On Jan. 9 Lordco employees found the unit had been broken into again overnight, with three more Firestone Airbag Suspension kits stolen.

Jan. 11 the unit was broken into again and 45 Walker mufflers were taken.

The Vernon Community Policing Office is working with businesses to improve security.

Police are looking for tips on the series of thefts. If you have information about the thefts, tips can be called into the RCMP at 250-545-7171 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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