Kelowna Mounties are releasing a cell phone video taken of an apparent thief, as they continue to raise awareness of the risks of leaving vehicles unlocked and in hopes that the public can help investigators identify the suspect.
A resident in the 500 block of Cawston Avenue shortly after 8 p.m. Aug. 7,witnessed a suspicious man rummaging through a parked vehicle and confronted the suspect on camera before he departed the area on foot. Police confirmed with the vehicles owner, that items inside the vehicle were disturbed, however nothing appeared to have been taken and no damage was caused.
The cell phone video, which unfortunately is of poor quality, shows the individual exiting the passenger side of the black Kia and walking out of the area, while a woman is heard in the background providing details to emergency call takers. RCMP officers conducted patrols in the area, however the suspect was not located.
The suspect is described as:
Seen wearing a black sleeveless shirt, black jogging pants, a baseball cap blue in the front & grey in the back, with a gold chain around his neck and carrying a black back pack;
“Theft is often a crime of opportunity, so the RCMP are encouraging the public to take that opportunity away by locking your vehicles,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release.
“The Don’t be an easy target campaign continues in its second year, this time with a social media component. Residents who post a picture of the Don’t be an easy target decal on a vehicle window to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using hashtags #Kelowna #dontbeaneasytarget are entered to win a $50 certificate to a local restaurant or retailer. Be sure to get your decal from the Kelowna RCMP Detachment, any Community Policing Office or the Parkinson Recreation Centre.”
Anyone with any information that may assist with this investigation is asked to contact Const. Kimberly Ivanitz of the Kelowna RCMP 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.
For more information about the Don’t be an easy target campaign and this summer’s social media contest, visit kelowna.ca/target.