Penticton woman gets 30 months for string of break-ins

Jail time handed down for woman who "cleaned out" homes at Apex Mountain and elsewhere

A Penticton woman will spend time behind bars for her role in the theft of an estimated $500,000 worth of property from Okanagan homes.

Tracy Carriere received a 30-month sentence Tuesday for break and enter and theft from at least three seasonal residences on the Summerland-Princeton road near Faulder in November 2011.

Among the items stolen were six vehicles, tools and electronics.

RCMP Cpl. Martin Trudeau said the subsequent investigation led Mounties to Carriere, who admitted her involvement.

Then, on March 20, Penticton RCMP learned of another break in and theft from a home at Apex Mountain Resort. Police said the home was “cleaned out” of items worth over $30,000, ranging from artwork, musical instruments and ski equipment to electronics, bedding and pots and pans.

Trudeau said RCMP officers arrived at another residence on Apex Mountain Road and upon pulling up to it, noticed a white Ford F-350 in the driveway that had been reported stolen in Penticton the night before.

RCMP officers saw a 33-year-old man with Carriere and saw some property that had been stolen in Osoyoos on the ground nearby. As a result, both Carriere and the male were arrested and a search warrant was obtained to recover the property.

“There was not sufficient evidence to charge those individuals believed to have been Carriere’s accomplices in these thefts,” said Trudeau.

Carriere was on bail when RCMP found her at Apex, and subsequently charged for the $30,000 worth of stolen goods taken from Oliver and Osoyoos. She has been in custody since.