Blood, needles found in car

Alanna Kelly

UPDATE: 4:20 p.m.

Police are reminding residents to make sure they have properly secured their vehicles at all times after claims of people entering unlocked vehicles and using drugs inside the cars. 

A woman was visiting from Vancouver and says she came out to find used needles on the floor of her car and blood smeared on the dash.

She admits she forgot to lock her vehicle but thought it would be safe as it was parked at the Village at Mill Creek senior citizens home. 

Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says property crime offenders will often try door handles on vehicles as they walk through residential neighbourhoods. 

“RCMP ask the general public to be mindful of suspicious persons on their local streets and immediately report these types of suspicious activities to police,” said O’Donaghey.
Another tipster contacted Castanet on Tuesday saying the same thing happened to them on Sunday night. 

“I forgot to lock my driver's door and also had blood everywhere and a bunch of stuff stolen near Sutherland Avenue,” said the tipster. 

Officers will continue to conduct overnight mobile patrols of residential neighbourhoods and commercial business areas, across the Central Okanagan, paying particular attention to those areas that are determined, through recent statistical data, to be at more risk of being targeted by these individuals.

ORIGINAL: 5 a.m.

A Vancouver resident visiting Kelowna found blood splattered all over the inside of her car on Monday.

Stephanie Dietrich says she parked her car outside the Village at Mill Creek senior citizens home Sunday night and woke up to find it trashed on Monday morning.

“I am disgusted and shocked,” she said. “The seats were laid back, and we were like ‘oh no,’ we noticed blood was smeared all over the front dash.”

She started looking around, and found two used needles on the floor of the car and noticed some clothing was stolen.

“It looked like someone spent the night in the vehicle, for sure.”

But her biggest concern wasn’t the mess.

“It is 10 feet from my grandmother's home… it is in their front parking lot, she comes and goes. My main concern is the safety of the most vulnerable residents of Kelowna,” she said. “There are kids and families that live here.”

Police officers told her they would be doing more patrols come summer, but she hopes more will be done to assist people who need help.

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