Rifles stolen from vehicle on long weekend

By on February 13, 2018

Police are looking for a pair of hunting rifles reported stolen from a pickup truck on Sunday (Feb. 11).

A married couple out ice fishing at Courtney Lake that day returned to their vehicle only to find it had been broken into and the two guns taken, RCMP Const. Tracy Dunsmore told the Herald.

The theft was reported to police at about 4:30 that afternoon.

Courtney Lake is about 22km southeast of from Merritt. (Photo from Google Maps)

“It looks like while they were out on the lake fishing somebody smashed the windows to the pickup truck and stole the two firearms,” Dunsmore said.

Merritt RCMP do not have a description of the rifles that were stolen at this time.

Whoever committed the crime only took the guns and refrained from stealing a wallet that was left in the vehicle, Dunsmore added.

“That one is probably somebody passing by. Courtney Lake is quite a ways out on the highway,” Dunsmore said.

Police have no suspects at this time, she said, adding that “it could be anybody from anywhere on a long weekend.”

Courtney Lake is located about 22 kilometres from Merritt along Highway 97C.

Anyone with any information regarding this theft is asked to contact the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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