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RCMP return stolen tools, trailer to Kelowna construction company

October 24, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Property crime doesn’t often end with the victim getting their stolen goods back, but in the case, Kelowna RCMP successfully reunited stolen tools with their rightful owner.

Back in July, $15,000 worth of equipment and tools were stolen from a construction site on Woodsdale Road in Lake Country during a break and enter at a construction site, according to an RCMP media release.

Last month, members of the Kelowna RCMP street enforcement unit began an investigation in an effort to find the stolen goods and on Sept. 15 arrested a 36-year-old suspect.

Officers executed a search warrant at a property in the 500 block of Valley Road in Kelowna and found equipment tools and a cargo trailer that had been reported stolen in the city earlier in the year. They also seized tools that had been taken during the Lake Country construction site break-in.

RCMP say the 36-year-old Kelowna man faces a number of charges including trafficking in property obtained by crime and possession of stolen property.

“This investigation highlights the dedication of the Kelowna Street Enforcement Unit and their persistence in identifying and charging property crime offenders,” Kelowna RCMP spokesperson Const. Lesley Smith says in the release.

“It also emphasizes the importance of the public reporting all crimes to police.”

If you have information pertaining to a crime, contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. If you would like to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net.

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