RCMP said thefts continue to be an issue throughout the region. Western News file photo

Thefts continue to be an issue in the region

Coin thefts from laundry machines, thefts from unlocked vehicles and mailboxes also targeted

Penticton RCMP have a couple of suspects on radar in connection with a continuing series of coin thefts from laundry machines in south end apartment buildings.

Cpl. Ted Manchulenko said Tuesday one of the persons believed to be responsible is described as a male in his early 20’s with a slim build and about 5 feet eight or nine inches tall wearing a track suit.

“There’s nothing in them (laundry machines) because the management is already aware of this stuff and they’re cleaning the machines out,” said Manchulenko. “It’s costing them (apartment owners) more in damage than anything else.”

Unlocked vehicles result in thefts

Police are still trying to find the suspects who went through a number of vehicles in the area of Forsyth and Sandstone drives in West Bench on March 10.

According to Manchulenko it’s believed the vehicles were left unlocked and not broken into.

He noted nothing significant was taken.

“Just change and small items, cell phone chargers that don’t amount to a lot of value.

“It’s a giant pain for everybody to try and replace their items which really don’t amount to a lot of value, but nonetheless, it’s a huge inconvenience,” said Manchulenko. “Lock your doors and don’t leave anything visible.”

It is believed two males are responsible and while officers found a lot of footprints in the snow that had fallen earlier, it didn’t lead them to any suspects.

Police are also looking for two females caught on video in the lobby of a Wade Avenue apartment building and broke into a number of mailboxes.

“Members are out hard in the evenings right now trying to stem our recent rash of break ins,” said Manchulenko. “We’re trying to check as many people that are out and around and hopefully we can catch some of the people who are responsible for some of the thefts lately.”

Mailboxes targeted

Thieves are once again targeting Canada Post mailboxes in Okanagan Falls this time in the area of Maple Street and police are advising everyone pick up their mail as often as possible.

Opioid overdoses

RCMP report there were three what are believed to be opioid overdoses in the past week.

According Manchulenko in all three cases Narcan was administered by first responders and no one died.

“Nonetheless people are still aren’t getting the message about being cautious with their drug use,” he said.

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