Central Okanagan  

Smash & grab on camera

A Lake Country woman has a warning for motorists in the community - Don't leave valuables in your vehicle!

Laura Gaglardi learned that the hard way after an expensive radar detector was stolen from her vehicle in broad daylight.

Fortunately the incident was caught by the building's surveillance camera and Gaglardi has released the footage to Castanet in hopes someone will recognize the thief and alert police.

Gaglardi says the theft took place minutes before 3 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of the beelineweb.com building across from McDonalds in Winfield.

"I finish work at 3 o'clock so I went outside to leave for the day and saw that my driver's window had been smashed and my radar detector stolen out of it," says Gaglardi.

"When we finally looked on the surveillance camera we saw it happened a minute-and-a-half before I came out for the day."

The video clearly shows someone on a bicycle circle the parking lot moments before the theft. Someone on a bike then leaves the scene immediately after the theft.

"We noticed earlier in the day there was a guy riding his bike around the parking lot but we didn't think anything of it because bikes pass through our parking lot all day," says Gaglardi.

"I think what he was doing was scoping out the scene and looking inside the vehicles when he was riding around because in the video you can see him ride past and go towards Coopers more and ride back. He was in and out of my car so fast...he knew what he wanted."

While the thief appears to be wearing some sort of bike helmet Gaglardi hopes someone will recognize the bike or the suspect's demeanor or what he's wearing.

While thefts like this are rare in Lake Country, Gaglardi wants people to be aware that a thief is on the loose.

The radar detector is an Escort Passport 9500IX.


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