Unlocked vehicles prove tempting for N.B. thieves

By Roger White
May 4, 2017 - 8:30pm Updated: May 5, 2017 - 8:34am

Despite repeated warnings in recent months, local RCMP continue to be inundated with calls about break and enters into unlocked cars.

Three such incidents were reported on Wednesday.

Shortly before 8 a.m., RCMP were called to a residence in the 300 block of 23rd St. in Battleford. Thieves stole a purse, wallet and prescription glasses from a vehicle left unlocked overnight.

At 5 p.m., police responded to another theft in the 1500 block of 100th St. in which another wallet and money was stolen from an unlocked vehicle. Less than an hour later, another report of a break-in in the 1500 block on 107th St. where the suspect made off with a set of keys.

Police then responded to a theft from a vehicle where tools were taken from the back of a pickup truck which was parked at a business on Highway 16. The property owner chased suspects on foot, but the suspects fled the scene in a small white, two door car. 

“We would like to remind property owners to not leave valuables in their vehicles overnight and to ensure that their vehicles are locked to prevent crimes of opportunity,” RCMP Const. Tara Anderson said. "This includes property outside your home like bicycles, skate boards, lawn and garden tools. This warmer weather brings an increase in pedestrian traffic at all hours.”

If you have any information on these thefts you are asked to call the Battlefords RCMP or Crime Stoppers.


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