RCMP say wave of vehicle break-ins hits Grand Forks again

The Valmar area in Grand Forks was hit by a wave of vehicle break-ins recently and police ask people to lock cars and trucks.

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Another wave of vehicle break-ins has started up again, say Grand Forks RCMP, this time in the Valmar area.

There have been a number of situations like this since last year followed by periods of inactivity, followed by another wave it seems.

On Jan. 25, a theft from a motor vehicle was reported on McCallum View Drive, that police estimate happened overnight.

“Stolen was a camouflage rangefinder valued at about $220,” said Grand Forks RCMP’s Staff Sgt. Jim Harrison.

Also on Jan. 25 (reported at 9:06 a.m.) was a theft from a garage on McCallum View Drive of $100 worth of hand tools and a backpack, which Harrison said was later recovered and returned to the owner.

Yet again on Jan. 25, in an incident reported at 9:30 a.m., a theft from a motor vehicle at Pineview Crescent. Two packages of cigarettes were stolen and the backpack from the previous incident was recovered at this location.

On the same day on 81st Avenue, a 15-centimetre folding pocket knife with a picture of a bear on it (value $20) was stolen from a car and taken also was a post office box key.

On McCallum View Drive on the same day, there were two reports of entries into vehicles, and although nothing was taken, Harrison did say it was obvious the vehicles had been entered.

On Jan. 27 an incident was reported on Pineview Crescent that was also suspected to have occurred on Jan. 24. Stolen was 43¢.

“There was a big hit on the 24th in the Valmar area,” explained Harrison. “Obviously there’s someone walking around just taking advantage of whatever vehicles they can find. We would really like the public’s assistance on this because it seems these things kind of go in a spurt.”

Anyone seeing people out late at night looking at vehicles is asked to call Grand Forks RCMP at 250-442-8288 immediately and Harrison once again implores people to remove valuables from their vehicles and lock them.