Bike theft continues to be an issue in Penticton

Five bicycles were stolen over the past week, as Penticton continues to deal with a rise in thefts.

Penticton RCMP Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth in the detachment storage room with some of the recovered stolen items. People who have had things taken can claim them by providing serial numbers or a very accurate description.

Penticton RCMP Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth in the detachment storage room with some of the recovered stolen items. People who have had things taken can claim them by providing serial numbers or a very accurate description.

Five bicycles were stolen over the past week, as Penticton continues to deal with a rise in thefts.

A bicycle was stolen from the Beachside Motel on Aug. 16. The bike, which was locked and had the front tire removed, was stolen overnight. It was a light-blue, Scott Voltag. Two bikes were stolen from the Apex Mountain area overnight on Aug. 16 as well. A women’s, matte-black with blue Diadora and a men’s white, CCM bike. Police recovered a bike that day on the Esplanade Trail which was stolen out of Vancouver.

On Aug. 17, police received a report of a male cutting bicycle locks on the back of a vehicle on Riverside Drive. A witness yelled at the male who fled. The man was described as being in his late-20s, wearing blue shorts with a white stripe, clean-shaven and carrying a dark hoodie as well as bolt cutters.

A locked bike was stolen from a carport on Balsam Place on Aug. 18. The bike was a white Oreka with red and black lettering, handlebar extensions and disc brakes.

A cherry-red, specialized Eava bike was stolen from the back of a vehicle at the Ramada Inn. The vehicle had four bicycles attached, but the lock was only cut on the most expensive bike.

Police continue to advocate that owners take photos of their bikes with their phones, engrave distinct markings and record serial numbers to assist in returning bikes to their owners.

ATM damaged

The RBC drive-thru ATM on Main Street and Okanagan Avenue had black spray paint on the security cameras and the machine had been tampered with. The kiosk was broken into with the use of a cutting tool sometime on Aug. 17, police said. The Forensic Identification section attended and continue to investigate with cooperation of RBC security to identify the suspects.