KELOWNA, BC: Police in Kelowna are reminding motorists to keep valuables out of sight if you plan to keep them in your vehicle following a spike in Property Crime related incidents…
Officers arrested two people early Thursday morning in West Kelowna in relation to Property Crime throughout the Central Okanagan area. More on those two in a moment..
Police mention however during the first two and a half weeks of 2018, RCMP throughout the Kelowna Regional Detachment area have seen an increase in the amount of theft reports from motor vehicles being made to police from those in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country. See the map below..
RCMP also mention that a portion of the increase could be attributed to the fact that more and more members of the public are reporting these incidents of theft to police.
The question “Did you lock your vehicle?” is always asked and vast majority of theft victims say no when asked by officers. Those who did lock their vehicles, and that’s a small portion police say, reported damage was done to gain access and items stolen that were in plain sight.
Police are once again appealing to the public to lock their vehicles and remove their valuables out of sight.
Now about the two people arrested…
During the early morning hours of January 18, 2018, a West Kelowna RCMP officer who was conducting proactive patrols stopped a suspicious silver Chevrolet Cavalier in the Shannon Lake area.
During a roadside stop with the two occupants of the vehicle, officers discovered alleged stolen property inside the car which included credit cards, personal identification cards in various names, and small electronic devices.
A 38 year-old Kelowna man and 50 year-old Peachland woman were arrested and both face potential charges. The two are expected to appear in Court at a later date.
The investigation is ongoing as police continue their efforts to return the seized property to their owners.
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