Lake Country RCMP notice spike in thefts from vehicles

Since Aug. 15, Lake Country RCMP have received 18 reports of theft from as many as 22 motor vehicles...

Lake Country RCMP have noticed a spike in thefts from vehicles.

Lake Country RCMP have noticed a spike in thefts from vehicles.

RCMP in Lake Country are noting a spike in theft from motor vehicles and continue to urge owners to lock their vehicles, remove valuables and report suspicious activity to police.

Since Aug. 15, Lake Country RCMP have received 18 reports of theft from as many as 22 motor vehicles.

The majority of the thefts were committed overnight to vehicles parked on the street or in private driveways. The areas most targeted during this time period appear to be Okanagan Centre and the Lakes subdivision.

“An alarming 18 vehicles out of the 22 vehicles targeted were left unlocked by their owners,” said Sgt. Jayson Luchash, detachment commander of the Lake Country RCMP.

“Investigators continue to see vehicle owners not only leave their vehicles unlocked, but insecure with valuables left inside which includes purses, wallets, large amounts of cash and personal identification just to name a few items.”

The RCMP investigation has revealed a possible vehicle of interest, reportedly spotted fleeing from more than one theft scene. The vehicle has been described to police as a dark-coloured coupe passenger car, with a loud muffler.

RCMP remind the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to police.

Anyone with any information, or has been victimized and has not yet reported the incident to police, is asked to contact the Lake Country RCMP at 250-766-2288.

Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.