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Grinchy burglar ruins Joe Rich Christmas

Police are searching for suspects after a pair of residential thefts occurred in a rural area over the Christmas holidays.

The Kelowna RCMP received a report of a theft from a vehicle on the 1800 block of Cardinal Creek Road, Dec. 30.

"Sometime overnight a window was smashed on a Ford F150. A white Rossignol snowboard with white and black bindings, white snowboard boots, brown North Face pants, pink and yellow Oakley goggles and other personal accessories were taken from the vehicle," said Const. Kris Clark.

The estimated value of the loss was over $1,100, including the damage to the truck.

"The following day police received a report of a break and enter at a neighbouring residence," he said.

"The house had been vacant for the holidays but was likely targeted around the same time as the vehicle nearby." The suspects apparently took their time to go through the residence and fled with various household items including a .22 calibre Gecado revolver, Apple iMac, Sony HD video camera, Bushnell binoculars, Sentry safe, bear spray, Cash and an extensive collection of jewellery. The total value of the loss is estimated to be well over $8,000.

While on vacation, the RCMP recommends that you arrange for someone to shovel the driveway (or mow the lawn) and park in your driveway. It would be ideal to have someone you trust house-sit for you so your home is still lived in while you are away.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Kelowna RCMP, Const Lane, at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

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