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Thieves target volunteer firefighters' vehicles while they're on rescue call

Several Keremeos firefighters vehicles were broken into while members were attending a call earlier this week.
December 20, 2017 - 5:00 PM

KEREMEOS - You can't turn your back for a second.

Members of the Keremeos Fire Department did and a grinch or grinches rifled through the vehicles of several volunteers parked at the fire hall while the members were rescuing people from a serious car crash.

Chief Jordy Bosscha says some entered the vehicles and stole several items including Christmas gifts while the department responded to a call on Nickel Plate Road near Hedley on Monday night, Dec. 18.

“At least two members’ vehicles are missing items, and maybe a couple of others,” Bosscha says.

A duffel bag containing gym equipment and a backpack containing homework and presents were among items taken.

“Another vehicle was rifled through, fortunately, either the person got scared off, or they were just in too much of a hurry, and didn’t notice presents sitting in the back of a pickup,” Bosscha says.

The thefts occurred sometime between 7 p.m. and midnight. The department was called to rescue a motorist who plunged down a 200 foot embankment.

“The members felt bad they didn’t lock their vehicle, but sometimes when you’re in a hurry to go out and help somebody things happen, you forget to lock them, or think you’ve locked them. It’s pretty disheartening, nonetheless,” Bosscha says.

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