Thieves target Lake Country vehicles

Police officers respond to three break-in incidents Tuesday morning

Police are urging residents to secure their vehicles following a rash of reported break-ins in Lake Country.

On Tuesday at 9:09 am, the RCMP responded to a report of a theft from a vehicle parked in the 9800 block of Sonata Road. Investigators have determined that the vehicle had been left unlocked by its owner. The suspect located a garage door opener inside the vehicle and subsequently gained entry into the victim’s garage where they stole fishing gear and tools valued at more than $2,000.

A short time later, police received a second complaint of a similar incident which occurred in the 9700 block of Santina Road. The suspect in this incident entered another vehicle which had also been left unlocked overnight. The suspect stole an iPod, a set of head phones, and a cellular phone from inside.

And there is a third incident in the 11000 block of Jackson Court. Once again the suspect entered an unlocked vehicle and stole loose change. Another garage door opener was left in this vehicle, however police did not find any evidence to suggest that the garage had been opened or entered by the suspect.

“The part that is most disconcerting to me is that registered owners are leaving their vehicles unlocked, along with their garage door openers inside,” said Const. Katrina Claypool, with the RCMP.

“Doing so allows the suspect access the victim’s garage where they could potentially steal even more valuable property.”

Police are suggesting residents disable their automatic overhead garage doors when they are home, as some newer model vehicles with the garage door opener built in can sometimes be used when the vehicle is turned off.

Anyone who sees suspicious activity is asked to call the police at 250-766-2288 or 911 if it’s an emergency.