An under-construction home in the Lakeview Estates area was the target of an overnight break and enter.
Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP responded to a break and enter in progress located in the area of Kestrel Place shortly before midnight on Dec. 18. Multiple units responded to the area after it was reported the suspects were still inside the home that is still under construction. Once on scene, officers found the property vacant.
Containment of the area was established and with the assistance of the Police Service Dog, a track was established. However, the suspects were not located. An extensive search of the area was conducted which led officers to recover a stolen vehicle associated with the break and enter, which contained a firearm.
“It is obvious the target of this break and enter were the tools housed within the home under construction. However, given a firearm is believed to be associated to this event, it is important that if residents or contractors come across a break and enter to leave the property immediately and call 911,” said Const. Kelly Brett.
Police have seen a significant increase in tool thefts over the past few months. Brett encourages those who own or work with tools to appropriately store and lock up all items that must remain on site. The investigation into this incident is on-going.