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.

 Damaged caused to RCMP boat;

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.

Still image of surveillance footage showing suspect riding a bike.

Still image of surveillance footage showing suspect pulling a wheel barrow.

Still image of surveillance footage showing suspect on a skateboard

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.

Released by

Cst. Jesse O'Donaghey

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Kelowna Detachment
350 Doyle Avenue. Kelowna, B.C. V1Y6V7
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