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Two vehicles recovered from Penticton Toyota heist

Co-owners Tony Whiles (left) and Larry Pidperyhora of Penticton Toyota on the lot of the dealership where four new vehicles with a total value of about $170,000, reportedly went missing sometime after they were delivered Monday night.  - Mark Brett/Western News
Co-owners Tony Whiles (left) and Larry Pidperyhora of Penticton Toyota on the lot of the dealership where four new vehicles with a total value of about $170,000, reportedly went missing sometime after they were delivered Monday night.
— image credit: Mark Brett/Western News

Two of four vehicles stolen from the Penticton Toyota dealership have now been found.

Police confirmed Thursday the most recent recovery was a 2014 grey 4Runner which was located in the Kelowna/Rutland area Wednesday.

“They (RCMP) called me late afternoon (Wednesday) and said they got it,” said dealership co-owner and general sales manager Larry Pidperyhora.

“We just have to recover three and four and right now my hopes are up. We’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed.”

Still missing are a blue 2014 Rav4 and bronze Tundra pickup. The four vehicles had combined retail value of about $170,000.

The other vehicle recovered this week was a blue Rav4 which was found parked in the 600 block of Winnipeg Street, Tuesday.

According to RCMP Sgt. Rick Dellebuur, a female resident of the area noticed the vehicle and went down to check on it before calling the police.

“She saw that it still had some of the stickers on the window,” said Dellebuur.

It’s believed the four Toyotas went missing from the Main Street dealership the morning of Jan. 15.

“We’ve re-keyed the Rav4, gave it a bath and it’s now on the lot for sale,” said Pidperyhora. “It only had seven kilometres on it and is in perfect health.”

At the time it was found, the vehicle reportedly had a stolen licence plate from a car rental company.

According to Pidperyhora several other plates from rental firms also went missing the night prior to the theft.

“This was obviously organized because whoever did this  went looking for those plates beforehand,” he said, adding an employee actually saw two of the missing vehicles being taken off the lot simultaneously about 6:45 a.m. the day they vehicles were discovered stolen.

Because deliveries are made at all hours, seeing them being moved did not cause concern at the time, according to the co-owner.

“That’s pretty bold at quarter to seven in the morning to drive off,” said Pidperyhora. “The RCMP are doing a great job and I think they know a lot more today than they did a few days ago.

“We’ll just have to see who these bad guys are and where the vehicles were destined for.”

According to Dellebuur police had made the thefts a priority matter and continue to work on the case.

 

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