Suspects steal from boats in marina
Kelowna, West Kelowna
2016-05-27 15:58 PDT
File # 2016-26806
At least 20 boats were targeted by suspects who vandalized vessels and stole items from boats moored at the Shelter Bay Marina.
On May 20, 2016 at 10:24 am, the West Kelowna RCMP received a report of a break and enter to the fenced compound of the Shelter Bay Marina. The suspects targeted several boats moored in the marina, committing both mischiefs and thefts from the vessels. Police believe that the break in occurred sometime between midnight and 7 am.
Our RCMP boat sustained significant damage to its inflatable pontoon, says Cst. Jesse O’Donaghey, RCMP Spokesperson.
The culprits cut out and removed an approximate 4 foot long chunk of the vessels pontoon, then damaged parts of its electrical components. Theives then stole emergency safety equipment from the RCMP vessel including personal floatation devices, flares, a set of a binoculars and a police radio, says O’Donaghey.
This is very disappointing to the local RCMP detachment, as this senseless act delays the launch of our vessel on the waters of Okanagan Lake, says Cst. Rohel Williams, West Kelowna RCMP of the First Nations Policing Unit.
Local detachments and communities often depend on the RCMP vessel to respond to calls for service. Now our vessel is dry docked until it can be properly repaired and re stocked, adds Williams.
The two suspects, a man and a woman, were caught on video surveillance which is being analyzed by investigators.
West Kelowna RCMP are continuing their investigation and are seeking the public’s help in identifying both suspects in the photos being released to the public.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cst. Rohel Williams of the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.
Cst. Jesse O'DonagheyMedia Relations
350 Doyle Avenue. Kelowna, B.C. V1Y6V7
Office: (250) 762-3300
Fax: (250) 470-6348
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