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Smash and grab on video

Rob Gibson

UPDATE 11:08 a.m.

Cyclepath has reached out to Castanet to let us know that the stolen bike from  Kelowna Infiniti Nissan was a very expensive high-end mountain bike.

Cyclepath often donates bicycles for different display purposes and this one is a 2018 Giant Reign Advanced 1 Neon green/black size: small
serial# GG17F188 with a value of almost $6,000.

"This is a very unique looking bike so if anyone sees it around town please report it to RCMP," says Angela Norkum-Porubanec with Cyclepath.

The RCMP also encourage bike owners to register their rides with Garage 529, an online and mobile service to help locate and recover stolen bicycles.


ORIGINAL 7:59 a.m.

An early morning smash and grab at a Kelowna auto dealership has been caught on video and shared with Castanet.

Director of Internal Operations, Pamela Pearson tells Castanet, "I thought I'd send (the surveillance) footage off to you guys. I don't know if that will do anything. Trying to find him is going to be pretty difficult and I think this kind of thing happens multiple times a week but maybe someone will recognize him."

The smash and grab occurred in the early morning of Wednesday, October 11th, at 12:15 a.m.

As you can see in the video, the culprit is riding a bicycle and is covering the face and wearing an Under Armour backpack.

The suspect rides right up to the glass gives it a kick before taking something from his bicycle and throws it through the window of the dealership in the 2700 block of  Highway 97 in Kelowna.

You can see the lights in the dealership flashing and the alarm goes off but the culprit went straight for a display of a bike which was mounted on top of a vehicle and quickly got it on the ground and out of the building. All told the entire incident only lasted a little over three minutes.

"He smashed the window with a piece of porcelain and went right for the display grabbed the bike and went back through the hole in the window and held the bike while he rode it away."

Pearson takes care of security for Sentes six dealerships across the Okanagan and says she's not sure what more they can do to prevent brazen thefts like this one.

"We have the alarm system we have cameras, what more can we do? Have someone there 24-hours a day? This is very frustrating. We thought we'd throw it out there and see if maybe someone knew who he was."

RCMP did respond and conducted a thorough investigation including a search using the canine unit, however with only the surveillance video to work with it's difficult to identify the culprit.



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