Thefts from vehicles on the rise in Oliver

Thefts from vehicles on the rise in Oliver

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Oliver RCMP are investigating a recent home invasion and a crime involving a man who was shot in the face. (File photo)

Thefts from vehicles are on the rise, according to the Oliver RCMP.

Sgt. Blaine Gervais said that there has been a recent increase in theft from motor vehicle offences being committed in Oliver.

Local RCMP are currently looking for two suspects: one female and one male.

“In the majority of reported thefts, the vehicles were left unlocked with valuables left in plain view or easily found by the suspects,” Gervais said.

“These suspects are not committing sophisticated crimes, they are simply trying to open door handles on vehicles and once they discover it is unlocked they take whatever they can carry. Unfortunately, they have successfully stolen items of considerable value.”

Gervais said that the suspects steal from unlocked vehicles due to the low risk of being caught.

He advises that drivers never leave their vehicles unlocked for any amount of time, or leave anything of value in a vehicle.

“Often when we do catch someone we believe is a suspect of a recent theft, the items found in their possession have no distinguishable identifiable marks, or serial numbers that we can use to prove the items are stolen.”

The public is advised to record any serial numbers, or mark their property with something Oliver RCMP can use to identify it and have it returned to them.

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