Kelowna cops search for stolen van after B&E

Police say the van was taken from one business and used in the theft from another early Thursday.

Kelowna RCMP are looking for a stolen van used by thieves who broke into a Kelowna business on Highway 33 early Thursday morning.

The thieves are believed to have taken the white 2007 Ford Econoline work van from a fenced compound of Mechanical Service, in the 700-block of Evans Court, and later used it in the theft from the other business.

The van was discovered missing just before 6 a.m. when an employee of Mechanical Service showed up for work.

The gate to the company’s vehicle compound had been broken open and a white Econoline van with B.C. licence plate 7454BR was missing.

Police said the exact time of the theft is unknown but it occurred prior to the break and enter at the lumber company on Highway 33 some time before 4:42.

The van has no company logo on it, but there is a Mechanical Contractors Association sticker in the rear door window.

Police said they know the van was taken prior to the lumber company B&E in the 400-block of Highway 33 because at approximately 4:42 a.m. the van reportedly sideswiped another van as it drove away from the scene.

According to RCMP, the white van struck the side of a brown Toyota van nearly forcing it off the road. The 67-year-old woman driving the Toyota van was shaken up but not hurt as a result of the collision.

Police said their investigation will focus on surveillance video to ascertain what was stolen and to identify the persons responsible.

The white Econoline van has, in addition to the damage from colliding with the Toyota van, previous damage on the passenger side from an earlier collision.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-330,  Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit www.crimestoppers.ca .