Theft spoils Penticton family’s Christmas holiday

Gold bars, jewelry and electronics among the items taken during break-in

  • Dec. 21, 2012 10:00 a.m.

A thief capitalized on a Penticton family being away for the holidays, breaking into their home and making away with electronics, jewelry and liquor.

Sgt. Rick Dellebuur said they received a call of an unsecured residence early Monday morning and found the glass in a door to a residence on Huth Avenue had been smashed.

The occupants of the residence had been away for the holidays and when contact was made with them it was determined a small safe containing jewelry, including 30 gold bracelets and gold bars, had been taken. As well, a 50-inch Toshiba flat-screen TV, a 42-inch Samsung flat-screen TV, clothing, Christmas gifts, liquor and a CD and DVD player were all taken.

Penticton RCMP remind that if you are going to be away for the holidays to ensure someone is checking on the residence regularly.

“Not only is this a good means of ensuring that your residence is secure, but also many insurance companies have a clause where this is required in the winter in the event that your heat goes out or a pipe bursts,” said Dellebuur.

He added that homeowners should ensure the residence looks like someone is home to deter thieves by using things such as light timers and making sure your driveway or walk is cleared of snow. Anyone with concerns or questions concerning home security can contact the Community Policing Unit at the Penticton RCMP. The RCMP are continuing their investigation into the residential break-in and ask anyone with information concerning the incident to contact them at 250-492-4300 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.