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2 nabbed as break-ins spike

RCMP hope to slow down a rash of vehicle break-ins after taking two people into custody in West Kelowna Thursday morning.

A 34-year-old Kelowna man and 50-year-old Peachland man were arrested in the Shannon Lake area after an officer patrolling the area stopped a suspicious Chevrolet Cavalier.

Several allegedly stolen items, including credit cards and personal identification in various names, and small electronic devices, were found in the car.

Information released by the RCMP shows a significant spike in thefts from vehicles across the Central Okanagan.

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Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey says while a small portion involve damage to vehicles in order to gain entry, a vast majority involve vehicles left unlocked.

“RCMP are once again appealing for the public to always lock their vehicles and remove their valuable possessions,” he said.

“The number of completed thefts and attempted thefts being committed is alarming and had prompted increased mobile patrols in those areas identified by our crime analysts, as affected most by the uptick in crime.”

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