Rash of thefts from vehicles prompts RCMP reminder

Unlocked work trucks targeted in both Colwood and Langford last week

  • Jun. 25, 2015 4:00 p.m.

Police are again reminding people to lock their vehicles after a spate of thefts from work trucks last week in Colwood and Langford.

According to a release from West Shore RCMP, in separate instances on June 19 and 20, “witnesses observed a black sedan driving by the construction trucks (on Promenade Cres.) when the passenger got out and opened the doors of the unlocked trucks and stole wallets that were left inside.”

The release states that on one occasion, the owner of one of the trucks, “even observed his own vehicle being targeted as he was working nearby.”

Another truck in the 600-block of Cairndale Road had two backpacks containing tools and wallets stolen in a similar grab-and-run situation, also on June 19. A credit card from one of the stolen wallets was fraudulently used later that day.

Another construction truck was hit on June 20 in Langford on the 300-block of Goldstream Avenue, which saw the rightful owner of many tools – including nailers and a Stihl saw – lose their possessions.

West Shore RCMP says they’re actively investigating these matters, and remind the public to keep vehicles locked at all times and keep valuables out of sight. They again ask anyone with information about these or any other crimes to contact them at 250-474-2264 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).