Sports jersey’s popular with Kelowna thieves

Three stores selling sports jerseys hit by thieves in recent weeks—one store hit twice.

Kelowna RCMP are seeking a suspect, or suspects, in a rash of break-ins at three Kelowna stores investigators say have a common thread—the theft of sports team jerseys and other sports clothing.

Police say on March 27 they received a report of a break and enter to a business in the 1800 block of Harvey Avenue. A suspect had thrown a rock through the front glass window of the business, reached inside and grabbed thousands of dollars worth of sports jerseys.

Two days later on March 29, police responded to a report of a break and enter to a business in the 2200 block of Enterprise Way where entry was gained to the building through a broken side glass door. Once inside, a thief or thieves stole several items, including computers, cash, jerseys and a signed baseball cap.

Then, on April 3, police responded to a report of a break and enter at a business in the 1700 block of Cooper Road. Once again, entry was gained through a smashed glass door. A large amount of clothing, including soccer team jackets, brand name winter jackets, track pants, hoodies and footwear were all taken.

Most recently, on April 26, police responded to a report mischief at a the same business that was broken into on March 27 in the 1800 block of Harvey Avenue. A suspect was seen walking away from the business on foot. Investigators say more jerseys were stolen in the second break-in.

An image obtained from video surveillance from one of the crime scenes is being released in an effort to generate tips from the public. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

ztipsters can 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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