Commercial break-ins keep officers busy

Items from backhoes and vehicles to culverts and hockey glass were stolen.

It was a busy week for Vernon RCMP investigating commercial thefts.

Items from backhoes and vehicles to culverts and hockey glass were stolen.

“It’s not uncommon to have thefts from commercial properties but this week there was a spike and there were some unusual ones,” said Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy, with the RCMP.

n RCMP responded to a complaint of a break, enter and theft sometime between Friday and Saturday at MRS Management in the 500 block of  Commonage Road.

“Sometime during the night, the gates to the property were cut open,” said Noseworthy.

A Volvo skid steer backhoe, valued at $60,000, and a Volvo U.S. mower, valued at $30,000, were taken.

Evidence at the scene suggests that a dually truck (four wheels across the back) and a trailer were used.

This matter is still being investigated.

n Police are investigating the possibility of a link between two break-and-enters between Tuesday, Sept. 22, and Thursday, Sept. 24.

The compound at LB Chapman Construction in the 4400 block of 25th Avenue was broken into.

Two travel trailers at that site were broken into, and an unknown quantity of items were taken.

And sometime on the night Sept. 23 to the morning of Sept. 24, the compound at Latitude Marine in the 4400 block of 25th Avenue was also broken into.

Several boats and trailers were damaged during this incident.

“All the boats and trailers were being stored there by private owners,” said Noseworthy.

“It does not appear that anything was stolen during the incident, but items were rifled through.”

Some of the boats received damage.

n On Sept. 19, a break-in was discovered at B.C. Forestry in the 3400 block of Reservoir Road near Coldstream at 3:40 a.m.

A 2006 Ford F250 was stolen and was used to steal gasoline and mechanical equipment.

Among the other items stolen were several chainsaws, a fire pump, maps, GPS and a radio.

The vehicle has since been recovered in Kelowna.

The matter is still under investigation.

n Sometime between Sept. 18 and 19, two 14-foot corrugated culverts were stolen from near the intersection of Okanagan Landing Road and Cummins Road.

“Each culvert weighs more than 500 pounds and is worth $1,200,” said Noseworthy, who called the thefts of the culverts “a weird one.”

n The Priest Valley Arena compound, at the rear of the facility, in the 3400 block of 35th Avenue, had a break-and-enter Friday night or early Saturday morning.

Two-to-three sheets of hockey glass (four-foot-by-six-foot in size) were stolen, as were 30-to-40 aluminum supports (six-foot-five-and-a-half-inch lengths).

Anybody with information on these incidents is asked to call the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.