Police seek witnesses to construction site thefts

Kelowna, Vernon North Okanagan, West Kelowna, BC Highway Patrol

2021-08-11 07:00 PDT

File # BCHP 2021-3964

Investigators with BC Highway Patrol in Kelowna are seeking witnesses to a recent construction site theft that occurred in early August and is believed to be connected to a series of similar thefts over the last several months in Kelowna and surrounding area.

On August 4, 2021, at approximately 10:30 AM, a BC Highway Patrol officer observed a black Ford F150 pickup truck parked in an industrial area near Edwards Road at Acland Road in Kelowna. The truck matched the description of a suspect vehicle used in a series of construction site Break, Enter and Theft of tools and construction materials and, on this occasion, it was loaded with sheet lumber.

The officer spoke with the driver, a man in his forties who is known to police. The man was not able to provide proof of ownership of the lumber. The truck was towed and the lumber was seized for safe keeping. Police are attempting to locate the lawful owner and believe the theft occurred on the morning of August 4, 2021 between 4:00 and 6:00 AM.

Black Ford F150 with load of lumber

If you believe you were the victim of a lumber theft from a construction site on August 4, 2021, please contact BC Highway Patrol in Kelowna at 250-491-5354 and quote file 2021-3964 to speak with investigators. You may be asked to provide proof of ownership and a detailed description and quantity of materials stolen. A copy of any video surveillance of the site of the theft, if it exists, may be requested and would aid investigators with their ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident, or similar thefts from construction sites in Kelowna and surrounding area in the past several months is asked to contact BC Highway Patrol in Kelowna at 250-491-5354 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Released by

Cpl. Mike Halskov

Media Relations Officer
BC Highway Patrol
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3 - Mailstop # 804
Office: 778-290-2377
Fax: 778-290-6071

Email: E_BCHP_Media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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