Break-ins plague region over weekend

So much for the end of commercial break-and-enters in the North Okanagan.

So much for the end of commercial break-and-enters in the North Okanagan.

A week after hoping that they had solved some of five break-and-enters over a three-weekend period with the arrest of an individual, Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP are now investigating four that occurred on the long weekend.

Officers responded to reports of successive smash and grabs at Hunter’s Store and Lakeview Market Sunday at 4 a.m. Cigarettes were stolen at both stores, and both locations had attempted break-and-enters reported on Nov. 5.

Police may have caught a break in those files.

“We’re still following up but three individuals were taken into custody this morning,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk Tuesday.

“We are working on whether these individuals may be involved in several recent break-and-enters.”

On Saturday, at around 5:30 a.m., officers responded to a report of a commercial break-and-enter at Diana’s Monogramming in the 2500 block of 53rd Avenue, where a suspect or suspects made off with high-end clothing – mainly jackets – by smashing the front door.

A short time later, police recovered a 1996 four-door Ford reported stolen from an address off Centennial Drive in Vernon.

A police service dog unit was called and from the track from the car, the team found several items in the area including a number of items associated with the commercial break-and enter.

“We are still attempting to identify the individual or individuals involved in that file,” said Molendyk.

Nearly four hours later, shortly before 9 a.m., officers in Enderby responded to a report of a break-in at Enderby Rentals in the 600 block of Hubert Avenue.

Thieves pried open a door overnight, removed a lock and made off with $2,800 worth of Stihl chainsaws, including a concrete saw.

Anybody with any information on this file is asked to call the Enderby detachment at 250-838-6818. Anybody with information on any of the break-and-enters can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.