RCMP files: Thief makes off with jewellery in Penticton break and enter

RCMP are looking for a suspect in a reported break and enter on Westview Road.

Penticton RCMP

Penticton RCMP

RCMP are looking for a suspect in a reported break and enter on Westview Road about 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in which a large quantity of jewellery with an undetermined value, was taken.

According to Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth the incident was discovered when a police officer was investigating the discovery of a house lockbox in a dumpster near the bus depot.

A follow up led police to the owners of the residence who went home to find the house having been broken into and the jewelry missing.

A suspect vehicle in the case was described as a faded black hatchback, possible a Honda Civic with a loud muffler.

The driver was described as a caucasian male in his 30’s, about six-feet tall, medium build and blonde hair.

There was a female passenger in the car also in her 30’s with brown hair.

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Stolen goods recovered

During the day on Oct. 27 the RCMP targeted enforcement unit observed known property offenders driving in a 1997 GMC pickup truck which the driver was prohibited from operating.

During the resulting surveillance police saw the men moving items back and forth from the truck from a unit in the Meadowlark Motel and driving to the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Wrigglesworth said the men appeared to see police and the driver began operating the truck in a dangerous manner and were pulled over.

The driver was arrested and charged with driving while prohibited and operating a vehicle in a dangerous manner.

Further investigation resulted in the discovery of some reported stolen goods including a $3,000 generator that went missing earlier from Summerland.

As well, a stolen propane tank and other items were also found.

The individual arrested spent the weekend in custody and was released with an unknown court date.

The investigation is continuing.

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Rash of vehicle break ins

Due to a rash of vehicle break ins throughout the city police are warning people once again to not leave valuables inside their cars.

Wallets are one of the items often taken by thieves, usually containing credit cards or cash.

According to Wrigglesworth garage door openers can provide thieves with easy access to a home, especially if the vehicle registration has the address of the residence.