Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Crime News

Marathon of Theft

Police seek thief after 3 laptops stolen from vehicles

Staff/Voice photos


Police vehicles sit outside a pawn shop Tuesday while officers look for a suspect.


n Monday, Mounties struggled to keep up with a fleet-footed suspect who was allegedly involved a series of break-ins to vehicles that netted three laptops in under an hour. An attempt to break into another vehicle downtown was thwarted by the owner.


The suspect first struck with Olympic speed at Chilliwack General Hospital when a driver ducked inside just after 8 a.m., and returned in less than 10 minutes to find a window smashed and a laptop taken from their pickup truck.


While police were dealing with that, reports came in of two more incidents in the area involving vehicles with windows punched and laptops taken. 


A few minutes later, RCMP received reports that a suspect matching the description of the person they were looking for, attempted to break into a fourth vehicle at Yale and Nowell. Police quickly moved in but the slippery suspect somehow managed to avoid capture.


It was just about that time when police received word that someone was in a downtown pawn shop with a laptop. That tip proved fruitless and Mounties came up empty-handed.


RCMP spokesperson Cst. Ashley St. Germaine confirmed with The Voice on Tuesday that no arrests have been made regarding these crimes.


St. Germaine calls these "crimes of opportunity", where sometimes vehicles are left insecure or items of value are left inside and visible. 


“We've had a crime prevention strategy in place for the last month or so trying to target and reduce thefts from vehicles,” she said.


The police don't have much to go on. The suspect is described as wearing a dark hoodie and carrying a black daypack with green on it.


If you have any information regarding this, please contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).



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