Merritt RCMP deal with string of vehicle thefts
Motor vehicle thieves are at work in Merritt.
On Nov. 16 at 5 a.m., Merritt RCMP received several complaints of an erratic driver, towing a fishing boat on Highway 97C, heading towards Merritt.
RCMP Cst. Tracy Dunsmore said the erratic driver eventually showed up in Merritt, jettisoning the fishing boat near Ponderosa. The truck was recovered on Garcia Street.
Dunsmore explained in a press release that while police were attending to the truck on Garcia Street, they determined the truck had been stolen from Chilliwack on Nov. 14. Another call at that time, indicated that a second vehicle had been stolen from Priest Ave and was used to leave town with the abandoned fishing boat.
In addition to the Nov. 16 stolen vehicles, RCMP reported that on Nov. 11 two more trucks were stolen from a compound in Lower Nicola.
The owner of the trucks was unaware that they had been stolen, until he received a call from the Kelowna RCMP informing him that his vehicles had been involved in a hit and run in Kelowna, said Dunsmore.
The two vehicles stolen from the compound in Lower Nicola were eventually recovered in Kamloops and Vernon. Police are still investigating the theft.
Merritt police have also been fielding calls from numerous residents reporting that their vehicles have been gone through overnight. These complaints are also under investigation, said Dunsmore.
Anyone with information on these crimes or any other crimes are encouraged to contact Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Crime Stoppers will pay for information that leads to an arrest and all callers and information remain anonymous.