A truck stolen from a home on Sherman Drive. - Contributed

Multiple vehicles stolen over last week in Lake Country

Vehicles have been stolen in The Lakes, and on Sherman Drive

A few vehicle thefts over the last week in Lake Country has residents on high alert.

Rob Cairns said it isn’t the first time something thieves have stolen something from his home on Sherman Drive. His dark blue 2006 Chevrolet Silver Auto was stolen April 10.

He said the police had been notified, and that it was found abandoned at a location in the Okanagan.

“They went out the scene and it was gone. So whoever stole it got back in it and left and they have no idea where it’s gone,” he said.

“The chances of it being found now are probably pretty slim.”

READ MORE: Weather warms up: Thieves target motorbikes in the Central Okanagan

Living in Lake Country for the last three years, he describes Sherman Drive as a nice neighbourhood with Peter Greer Elementary located within a short distance of his home.

“You rarely see a lot of people that don’t fit in, walking around this neighbourhood.”

It’s mostly kids and older couples, he said.

In 2016, his wife’s van was broken into, as well as his in his truck. He said neighbours have also had items stolen from them.

Robert Gordon, also posted that his vehicle was stolen in the early hours of April 15 in The Lakes community, according to his post in a Lake Country community Facebook page.

Thefts from vehicles and thefts of vehicles have been common between February and March in the district.

According to Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers reports, three vehicles were stolen in-between January and February, one on Sherman Drive, one near Shanks Road and another near Glenmore Road.

READ MORE: 3 vehicles stolen, 8 thefts from vehicles in Lake Country over last few months

On April 9, the theft of a black tex trailer was also reported on the Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers website.

The number of vehicles stolen in Lake Country has increased dramatically compared to the past few years. Vehicle thefts spiked in 2018, as 40 incidents were reported. In 2017, 17 were reported and in 2016, 18 were recorded, according to a Lake Country RCMP report.

READ MORE: Lake Country car thefts ‘crime of opportunity’

At the time of the report’s release in February, Cameron Holloway, with the Lake Country RCMP detachment, said the thefts are often crimes of opportunity, and with Lake Country’s location in-between Kelowna and Vernon, it can fall prey to offenders from the two cities.

In speaking with the local detachment, Mayor James Baker said there has been an increase in complaints over the last quarter, but wasn’t able to determine how many complaints have been made.

@carliberry_
carli.berry@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Showers to start weekend, sun returning soon

Environment Canada forecasts rain on Saturday and the heat returning next week

RDOS contributes funds to arts centre workshop

South Okanagan Performing Arts Centre Society wants input into proposed facility

Summerland Fall Fair to include zucchini race

Event is in honour of bobsleigh athlete Justin Kripps

Shake your heads crazy people, this isn’t television drama

Lock ‘em up and throw away the key. It’s got to be… Continue reading

First Nations man deals with charges of illegal hunting

An administrative error may have resulted in a man suffering from Stage… Continue reading

July showers wash out half of the Okanagan’s cherry crop

Cherry growers say this is the worst season they’ve seen in decades

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

Researchers found performance on key areas varies by province and territory

Six inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

The 26th ceremony in Penticton welcomed powerful figures both from on and off the ice

COLUMN: Looking back to a time of optimism

The first lunar landing 50 years ago was a time to celebrate dreams and accomplishments

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

Okanagan e-scooter company foils robberies

OGO Scooters staff helped return stolen property three times in 1st week of operations in Kelowna

Olympian brings women empowerment in sports to the Okanagan

Two-time medalist Natalie Spooner joined the Girls Rock the Rink event in Kelowna

Okanagan school district monitoring McCurdy supportive housing plan debate

Top priority for board of education is to maintain safety integrity of local schools

Most Read