Quesnel RCMP warn public to be vigilant after seeing “increase in ‘smash and grab’ thefts from vehicles”

Quesnel RCMP warn public to be vigilant after seeing “increase in ‘smash and grab’ thefts from vehicles”

Police responded to a complaint of at least five parked vehicles being broken into Jan. 16

Police are reminding Quesnel residents to ensure nothing is left inside unattended vehicles and keep the doors locked after responding to car thefts earlier this week.

At approximately 5 a.m. Jan. 16, Quesnel RCMP received a complaint from a business on Brownmiller Road that at least five parked vehicles had been broken into and had items stolen from inside.

It is believed the suspect entered the unlocked vehicles and stole cash, electronic devices and other small items, according to a press release from the Quesnel RCMP.

Police say one vehicle also had a wallet with ID and cash stolen.

“Quesnel RCMP has seen an increase in ‘smash and grab’ thefts from vehicles, where the suspect smashes the window and reaches in to take personal items,” operations support NCO Sgt. Chris Riddle says in the release. “Unlocked vehicles also continue to be easy targets for these thieves.”

Quesnel RCMP would like to remind vehicle owners to ensure nothing is left inside their vehicle when unattended.

“What is of value to the owner and what is of value to a thief may not be the same,” says Riddle. “Police have even seen cigarette butts being targeted inside an open ashtray. It is less likely for your vehicle to be entered if there is nothing in view to steal.”

Quesnel RCMP remind the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately to the police.

“Apprehending the culprits in these crimes remains a priority for the Quesnel RCMP, with active investigations continuing,” Riddle says in the release.

Anyone with information about the suspects or who has yet to report thefts from their vehicle is asked to call the Quesnel RCMP Detachment at 250-992-9211.