Friday, June 27, 2014
Picking Parking Lot Pockets
knife-wielding car thieves
A female suspect sits in the back of a
police cruiser after being arrested on Thursday.
suspects, a man and a woman, were confronted Thursday after being
spotted engaging in skullduggery at Chances Casino parking lot Young
According to reports that we
have, the individuals were swapping stolen vehicles. The male
suspect allegedly produced a knife when the pair were confronted.
The suspects then left the lot and were last seen walking north down
Young. A few minutes later, Mounties caught up with them at Airport
Rd. and effected their arrests.
At some Chilliwack establishments, such as Galaxy Theatres and
Cottonwood 4, thieves know people are away from their cars for
extended times which makes vehicles vulnerable. They can look up the
running time for films and know exactly when people will come back
to their vehicles.
It's up to management to patrol their lots in order to keep
customers safe and their cars secure.
As one could expect, a place like a casino parking lot is seen as
one of the safest places to be.
Chuck Keeling, Vice President of Stakeholder Relations and
Responsible Gaming with Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, confirmed
with the Voice on the phone Friday that this is certainly the case
in his parking lot.
"We've got 24/7 surveillance of the lot through cameras," he
said. "Our security staff do walk the lot
To Keeling's knowledge, there's been never been anything of a
criminal nature that's happened in his casino parking lot.
If something does occur he hopes patrons immediately report it to
the casino so that in-house security can deal with the issue as
quickly as possible.
RCMP have not yet confirmed
that stolen vehicles were recovered or commented on the knife.
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