The Merritt RCMP and Staff Sgt. Lorne Wood are once again alerting the public to an increase in vehicle-related theft.
“Theft from motor vehicles continues to be a concern. There were 15 calls related to vehicles being entered over the past week. The trend continues where people have change or other valuables visible inside of a vehicle and the doors are left unlocked,” wrote Wood in a release.
Over the past week, the Detachment received a noted spike in theft of vehicles and attempted theft of vehicle complaints.
Wood provided three files of note that occurred over the past 10 days.
On August 5th, 2019 a Merritt resident looked out his back window to see a man entering his Dodge van then driving away with the vehicle down an alleyway between Chapman and Voght St. The van was reported to the Detachment immediately then later located by a local tow company.
The male suspect was described as having darker skin, approximately six feet tall and wearing a hat and red pants with a white stripe down the side.
On August 6th, 2019 Merritt RCMP were contacted by a local business located in the 1300 block of Voght St. Investigation found that someone had entered a work truck at the location and punched the steering column of a Dodge 3/4 ton pickup in an attempt to steal it.
On August 10th, 2019 Merritt RCMP were advised of a Ford pickup located in some brush off the Pattison Forest Service Road. Checks of the vehicle confirmed that it had been reported stolen out of Peachland on August 9th.
An ATV had been stolen along with the truck and is still outstanding.
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