Thieves broke into fenced compound in Kelowna to steal a work van and later use the stolen vehicle to steal goods from another local business Wednesday morning.
The discovery of the missing van occurred at just before 6 a.m. today when an employee of a Mechanical Service company, in the 700 block of Evans Court, showed up for work.
The gate to the vehicle compound had been broken in and a white 2007 Ford Econoline Van with BC Licence 7454BR was missing. The exact time of the theft is unknown. The van has no company logo however there is a Mechanical Contractors Association sticker in the rear door window.
Then at about 4:42 a.m., the same van was used for the robbery of a lumber business in the 400 block of Highway 33. While being drive away from the scene of the robbery, the van struck the side of a brown Toyota van nearly forcing it off the road. The 67- year-old woman driver of the Toyota was shaken but not hurt.
Police say the investigation will focus on surveillance video to ascertain what was stolen and to identify the people responsible. The missing van has damage on the passenger side from a previous collision and likely additional damage resulting from the collision with the Toyota.
Police are asking anyone with information to please contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit www.crimestoppers.ca .