Automotive businesses focus of crime wave

Since mid-December, Vernon RCMP officers have received six reports of thefts and attempted thefts.

The RCMP are investigating a number of commercial break and enters in Vernon.

The RCMP are investigating a number of commercial break and enters in Vernon.

There’s been a rash of break and enters at Vernon automotive businesses.

Since mid-December, officers have received six reports of thefts and attempted thefts.

“These crimes are being actively investigated by the RCMP,” said Cst. Jocelyn Noseworthy.

On Dec. 20 at about 4:45 a.m., an unknown person attempted to break the front door of Vernon Battery on 25th Avenue. Damage was done to the door, but the suspect did not get inside. Just after that incident at about 5 a.m., an unknown suspect did manage to break into Napa Auto Parts on 43rd Avenue. Gloves, a batter, and a saw were stolen. 

On Dec. 23 at about midnight, an unknown person again broke into Napa Auto Parts on 43rd Avenue. In this incident, a portable TIG welding system was stolen. Surveillance video shows a white truck with a flatbed was used to come and go from the scene. 

On Dec. 30, Lordco employees reported that overnight, someone broke into a storage unit in the back compound and stole 16 Firestone airbag suspension kits. 

On Jan. 9, Lordco employees came to work to find that the storage unit had again been broken into overnight and three Firestone airbag suspension kits were taken. 

And on Jan. 11, someone broke into the storage unit in the fenced compound at Lordco and stole 45 Walker mufflers, 11 of which had catalytic converters on them.

“Members of the community policing office have been working with local businesses to enhance their security measures in an effort to prevent further crimes,” said Noseworthy.

“The public is being cautioned that buying such items second-hand could result in you purchasing stolen goods.”

Anyone with information about any these incidents is asked to call the RCMP at 250-545-7171 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.