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Rash of thefts and break-ins hits Osoyoos
A rash of thefts and break-ins over the past week, mostly on the weekend, has led Osoyoos RCMP to suspect involvement of travelling criminals.
Police are warning people to lock their vehicles and to report to RCMP any suspicious people or vehicles.
RCMP gave no indication whether they believe the numerous thefts and break-ins were committed by the same criminals, but they report the following:
• Suspects broke into Jones Boys Automotive in Osoyoos between Monday evening and Tuesday morning. They stole a 2014 Kawasaki side-by-side ATV along with numerous tools and batteries.
• Two Fortis transformers were reported stolen Jan. 21 from Hwy. 3 and Empire Road. One of the transformers was recovered after it was dismantled for metal in Keremeos. A white Astro van with a utility trailer was seen in the area and may have been used in the thefts, say police.
• Sometime over the weekend, two vehicles owned by Osoyoos Coyotes players were broken into at the Sun Bowl Arena. The vehicles were left at the arena while the team was on a road trip. Windows were broken out and items were stolen, including expensive sunglasses and a radar detector.
• A safe was recovered from the side of the hill at the Hwy. 3 viewpoint west of Osoyoos on Saturday. Osoyoos RCMP said it had been stolen, pried open and dumped at the viewpoint. They are examining it for evidence.
• The door lock was cut on a tool shed behind a property on the 5400 block of 31st St. on Saturday. Two Stihl chainsaws and a Briggs and Stratton generator were stolen.
• A fruit picker cabin also on 31st St. on the 6000 block was broken into Saturday and fuel was stolen from tidy tanks. Locks on the tidy tanks were cut.
• Thieves attempted to break into a fifth wheel trailer on the 3800 block of Lakeshore Drive in an incident also reported to RCMP on Saturday. A window was broken, but thieves didn’t get into the trailer. A thief was cut on the window and police are analyzing the blood DNA to try to identify the thief.
• Thieves entered an unlocked truck canopy behind the Best Western Inn and stole two suitcases of clothing, a green cooler and a blue plastic bin full of food from Costco. The incident was reported to RCMP on Sunday.
• Thieves entered an unlocked vehicle on the 4200 block of Oleander Drive and stole a Tom Tom GPS and charging cable overnight on the weekend.
• Residents returned from work Sunday to find that thieves had forced open a patio door, entered their home on the 3600 block of 97th St. and stolen a television.
Anyone with information on any of these crimes or the identity of the thieves is asked to call Osoyoos RCMP at 250-495-7236 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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