Police warn of man breaking into cars, stealing credit cards in Vernon
Charlotte Helston - Reporter
Police are looking to identify this man in connection to a series of thefts from vehicles and frauds.
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January 16, 2018 - 10:54 AM
VERNON - Police are on the lookout for a man who appears to have been breaking into vehicles and stealing credit cards.
The unknown man is suspected of using stolen credit cards throughout the Vernon area, RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett says in a release.
On Jan. 5, Vernon RCMP received a report of a theft from a vehicle that occurred near Marshall Field, where a purse was stolen.
“Just hours after the theft from vehicle the stolen credit cards were allegedly used at different retailers in Vernon, racking up hundreds of dollars in charges,” Brett says in the release.
The majority of the reported theft from vehicles have subsequent frauds attached to them, where the stolen credit or debit cards are used immediately after the thefts occur.
“It is important that motorists are not leaving valuables in their vehicles. Theft from motor vehicles are a crime of opportunity,” Brett says. “Don’t fall victim to this by making your vehicle an easy target.”
The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, 30 to 40 years of age with a stocky build, facial stubble and a short beard. He was wearing a black hooded sweater and ball cap.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leaving a tip online.
— This story was updated at 12 p.m. Jan. 15, 2018 to add a photo.
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