Robbery was a joke?
On May 18 at approximately 12:36 am an Oliver 7-Eleven employee called the RCMP to report that a male subject had entered the store, placed a butcher’s knife on the counter and demanded cash.
The lone male then advised the store clerk that he was just joking and then left the store. The suspect, described as a French-Canadian, stands five feet, 10 inches tall, with grey hair and a beard. A man wearing a black motorcycle jacket and riding an older red bike with a basket on the rear was identified and arrested.
“Although the suspect indicated that he was not serious in his robbery attempt, these events are taken very seriously and charges are being pursued,” said Sgt. Ken Harrington.
Video catches thieves
On May 11 two unknown males attempted to cut the lock on the back garbage area of the Oliver Canadian Tire storage compound.
When they were unsuccessful, one male climbed the fence and cut the lock on the garbage can and rummaged through it. The male then walked into a secured area where tires and battery cores were stored. The male removed approximately six batteries and cores and passed them through a hole in the chain link fence that they had cut.
Video from Canadian Tire showed a white pickup, likely a Ford, with a fairly unique canopy (rear fibreglass of canopy opens up).
The investigation has identified both the vehicle and possible suspects. Oliver RCMP Sgt. Ken Harrington said efforts are being made to secure sufficient information to support a charge.
Copper wire stolen
On May 12 a representative of FortisBC reported the theft of approximately 100 feet of #2 copper wire from the Fortis substation located on Tucelnuit Drive.
The suspect(s) gained access to the yard from the golf course side, cutting through the fence and barbed wire to enter the compound.
The estimated replacement cost of the copper wire and the fencing material is approximately $7,000.
No suspects are identified in this theft. Any information from the public can be reported directly to the RCMP or to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Thief steals compressor
On May 13 a resident in the 300 block of Park Rill Road reported that at some point between May 9-11, an unknown person(s) cut the lock and then entered his garage and removed a compressor and floor jack.
Unlocked vehicle targeted
On May 15 a resident living in the 800 block of Golden Current Road reported the overnight theft of a wallet from her unlocked vehicle.
The moral of the story – secure your vehicle and put your valuables out of sight. Better yet, don’t leave valuables in your car, not even loose change because some thieves are desperate.
“Oliver residents should again be reminded that leaving a vehicle unlocked with anything of value in it creates the very high probability that a bandit of some form or fashion will look to remind you that what you did or didn’t do has a consequence,” said Oliver RCMP Sgt. Ken Harrington.