Penticton RCMP

Penticton RCMP

Rash of break-ins plague South Okanagan

A total of eight break and enters were reported to South Okanagan police from Jan. 5 to Jan. 12.

A break-in at the Pentagon Boardshop capped off a week of property crimes in the area.

RCMP say break-ins and truck thefts in the South Okanagan have risen since the start of the new year.

A total of eight break and enters were reported to police from Jan. 5 to Jan. 12.

A news release from the RCMP says that Ford F250 and F350 pick-up trucks appear to be targets, the crimes occur in the early morning hours between 2 and 6 a.m. while some residential break-ins have been occurring during the day.

A break-in at Pentagon was reported Tuesday Morning and police said multiple Nixon brand watches were stolen.

On Jan. 5 a break-in occurred at a residence on Apex Mountain Road. Suspects caused damage to the front door. Video surveillance showed three individuals in a truck, one male tried to pry open front door with a crowbar. The residence next door was entered through an open window. It is unclear what was taken at this point and an investigation is ongoing.

Several residences in Penticton and Okanagan Falls were broken into from Jan. 6 to 10 with thieves making off with mountain bikes, jewelry, trucks, a rifle and other items. RCMP say the recent rash of thefts and break-ins are believed to be connected.

Police are looking for anyone that may have witnessed any suspicious activities that may lead to the arrest of the perpetrators. Areas of interest are Princeton, Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos and Okanagan Falls.

The RCMP is reminding owners of Ford F-Series pick-up trucks to take precautions to ensure your vehicles are secure, making it more difficult for them to be stolen. RCMP recommend an engine immobilizer as one of many ways to deter a theft.

“If you notice someone or a vehicle that looks out of place take note of descriptions and record license plate numbers and contact your local RCMP or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 with any information regarding these crimes or any other crimes,” said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.