Over the last week, Osoyoos has experienced a rash of thefts and break ins that appear to be the work of traveling criminals.
On Jan. 21, two Fortis transformers were reported stolen from Highway 3/Empire Road. A white Astro van with a utility trailer has been seen in the area and may be related. One of the transformers was recovered after it was dismantled for metal in Keremeos.
On Jan. 25, a tool shed at the rear of a property on the 5400 block of 31st Street had the lock cut from the door. Two Stihl chainsaws and a Briggs and Stratton generator were stolen.
That same day, a fruit picker cabin on the 6000 block of 31st Street was broken into and fuel was stolen from tidy tanks. Locks from the tanks were cut allowing the fuel to be stolen.
In yet another incident on Jan. 25, thieves attempted to break into a fifth wheel trailer on the 3800 block of Lakeshore Drive. The window of the trailer was broken out, but the thieves did not get inside the trailer. The thief cut themselves on the window and police are analyzing the blood DNA to try and identify the thief.
On Jan. 26, there were three incidents. Overnight, thieves entered an unlocked truck canopy at the back of Best Western and stole two suitcases of clothing, a green cooler and a blue plastic bin full of food from Costco.
Also overnight, thieves entered an unlocked vehicle on the 4200 block of Oleander Drive and stole a Tom Tom GPS and charging cable.
Lastly, residents returned from work to find that thieves had forced open a patio door and entered their home on the 3600 block of 97th Street and stolen a television from the home.
Sometime over the weekend, two vehicles owned by Osoyoos Coyotes hockey players were broken into at the Sunbowl Arena. The vehicles were left at the arena while the team was on a road trip. Windows were broken out and items were stolen including expensive sunglasses and a radar detector.
The Osoyoos RCMP did recover a safe from the side of the hill at the Highway 3 viewpoint west of Osoyoos on Jan. 25. The safe had been stolen, pried open and dumped at the viewpoint. The safe is being examined for evidence by the police.
The police are asking people to lock all vehicles and tell them about any suspicious people or vehicles.
If anyone has information on any of these crimes or the identity of these thieves, they are asked to call the Osoyoos RCMP at (250) 495-7236 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.