UPDATE: 2 p.m.
The bright yellow van that was stolen from Wicker Land was recovered at approximately 10:30p.m. on June 21, said Braden White, an employee at the furniture store.
He said they were told by RCMP that the van was spotted by a passerby at the tennis court parking lot by Dehart and Lakeshore Rd.
White said that the fire table was still in the van while the expensive Traeger BBQ had been taken. Additionally, the lock and the ignition were broken during the break in and hot wiring, said White.
Wicker Land does not yet have a quote for the costs to repair the damages.
Original: June 21
A bright yellow work van was reportedly stolen from Wicker Land in Kelowna about 4:20 a.m.
Early on June 21, a video from the store’s security footage shows a man dressed in dark colours, wearing a baseball cap and a grey and red backpack, walk up to the van, allegedly break-in, hot-wire the vehicle and drive away.
The entire incident took only a few minutes, according to Kyle Geronazzo an employee at the outdoor furniture store.
“It looks like he was prepared,” said Geronazzo.
He said that the yellow GMC Savanna contained a fire table and Traeger BBQ.
The van’s license plate is PD5707 and has a broken rear window that has been taped up. There is also damage to the plastic trim on the front passenger side of the vehicle.
Wicker Land reports that it has been subject to crime before after the van’s window was recently smashed.
A report has been filed with the RCMP.
To report suspicious activity, call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at crimestoppers.net.