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Rash of break-ins

RCMP in Kamloops are concerned following a rash of business break-ins over the past seven days.

Kamloops RCMP responded to two more business break and enters overnight and two other attempted cases.

These included The Great Canadian Oil Change on Summit Drive, Tirecraft in the Mt. Paul industrial area, Falcon Lanes in Valleyview and a business in the Cityview Centre on Hwy 5A.

"This is an unusually high number of break-ins to occur within the city, and is a continuation of a string of reports that have come in over the past week," says RCMP Cst. Cheryl Bush.

"Since April 21st, there have been a total of twelve businesses struck. In five of these instances, there was no entry gained, but an attempt made."

Bush says there are similarities in most of the cases, and police are putting together a strategy to address this sudden increase in activity.

"A collaborative approach will be taken to ensure that all units within the detachment play their key roles in identifying the person(s) responsible and taking them into custody.

The highest number of occurrences has been in Sahali, primarily the industrial park area, but it is obvious that this is not the only area that is being targeted."

Bush says the break-ins have been taking place between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., typically a time with limited activity around business locations.

She says if you have an occupation that requires you to be out during those hours, "please observe and report anything that seems out of the ordinary."

We would ask the public to call Kamloops RCMP immediately with license plate numbers or descriptions of any suspicious vehicles and/or persons. You can also call Crime Stoppers with any information to help solve these crimes at 1-800-222-8477 to remain anonymous."

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