Crime spree hits Lumby area

Lumby RCMP officers have responded over the past several weeks to numerous thefts from vehicles

  • Dec. 11, 2013 11:00 a.m.

Lumby RCMP officers have responded over the past several weeks to numerous thefts from vehicles in the Cedar Ridge area and the Valleyview Trailer Park.

“Someone was systematically going from house-to-house checking every vehicle,” said Cpl. Henry Proce.

“It appears the suspect was looking for unlocked vehicles with keys, loose change, or any items of value.”

During the early hours of Dec. 2, dozens of vehicles were entered and two vehicles were stolen from those areas.  One was recovered at the trailer park and the other in Vernon.

On Dec. 4, police arrested a 33-year-old Lumby resident in relation to the thefts.

Police have forwarded 12 counts of theft to Crown counsel.

Tagging continues

A sharp-eyed constable doing patrols caught two youths tagging, or spray painting, Charles Bloom Secondary School with graffiti near midnight Nov 29.

One of the youth fled on foot when he spotted the police car. The second was apprehended on-scene.

“The defacing of public and private buildings in Lumby has been an ongoing problem in the past and police treat the problem very seriously,” said Cpl. Henry Proce.

A 17-year-old Lumby resident will be charged with mischief under the Criminal Code.

Impaired drivers a concern

The Lumby RCMP  continues to apprehend impaired drivers with surprising regularity in the village area.

The latest was an 80-year-old Lumby resident making his way through the village around midnight in late November at about 10 kilometres an hour.

“Our officer checked him, he displayed gross symptoms of impairment and blew over the legal limit,” said Cpl. Henry Proce. “He is expected to face charges.”

Public help needed

Lumby police are requesting the public’s assistance after a hit-and-run in the Irly Bird parking lot Nov. 30 at 7:45 a.m.

The victim’s parked, brown 2003 Toyota Highlander was sideswiped and pushed over some six inches.

If you saw this accident or have information on the suspect vehicle, call the RCMP at 250-547-2151 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.