Businesses and residents in Penticton’s downtown saw a small crime spree occur between March 27 and March 28, with a store front and vehicles broken into. Black Press file photo

Break-ins, broken windows: Downtown Penticton sees overnight rise in crime

Vehicles, business broken into during the late hours of March 27 and early hours of March 28

Downtown Penticton experienced an uptick in crime overnight between March 27 and 28.

RCMP responded to a break-and-enter at the Ad Hoc boutique at 261 Main St. at about 2:30 a.m. on March 28. The store owner heard one of their front windows being smashed and called police.

“(The owner) saw an unknown person run eastbound away from the area,” said Const. James Grandy. “Some cash and some costume jewelry was taken.” The owner owner did not get a description of the suspect.

At another point in the evening, someone attempted to break into a truck on Orchard Avenue.

“Someone reported that someone tried to pry open the topper on their pick-up truck. It was parked in the 400 block of Orchard,” said Grandy. “So this left some damage. It happened sometime over the night, but nothing was taken.”

A vehicle left overnight in a private parking lot on Martin Street was also allegedly broken into, but he could not confirm details as there was no file related to this investigation. Western News Staff saw police examining the vehicle the morning of March 28, noting one of its windows had been broken.

Grandy said he can’t speak to an increase in crime in this area over the past couple of days, but residents can expect more crimes of opportunity occurring as the weather gets warmer and more people flock to the area.

The best defense against property crime is to ensure valuables are tucked out of sight, install security lights and cameras, and double-check that you’ve locked up your belongings.

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