Penticton RCMP files. Western News file photo

Idling van with keys inside stolen from Starbucks lot

And a retirement clubhouse was ransacked, with just a projector reported stolen

Sept. 6 was a busy morning for the Penticton RCMP, which responded to three calls to thefts in two-and-a-half hours.

Among the thefts, a Honda Odyssey was reported missing from the Riverside Starbuck’s area, where it had been left running with the keys in the ignition due to battery issues.

In about 50 minutes, the Penticton RCMP’s targeted enforcement unit found the van parked on Orchard Avenue, and while surveilling the van, a woman in her 20s entered the vehicle.

A man and another woman entered the back of the van before police approached the vehicle.

The woman in the driver’s seat, found to be in possession of the van’s keys, was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000.

About an hour prior to that call, police received a report of a shed broken into overnight on Green Ave. West. Among the items stolen were a pair of chainsaws.

Two fibreglass kayaks were reported missing from another property earlier that morning, including one yellow kayak and a green one.

Police also report a break-in at a retirement community clubhouse on Wilson Street on Wednesday night.

RCMP got a call Thursday morning, responding to a ransacked interior of the clubhouse, but all that was reported missing was a projector.

And a 33-year-old Penticton man reported a 1985 black Harley Davidson motorcycle went missing from his driveway on Sage Road.

The man reportedly still had both keys to the motorcycle.


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