RCMP: Okanagan crime group behind Revelstoke snowmobile thefts

Revelstoke RCMP believe that an organized crime group from the Okanagan is behind a rash of truck, trailer and snowmobile thefts in the Revelstoke area over the past six weeks.

Three trucks, four snowmobiles and three trailers have been stolen from Revelstoke since Nov. 23.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Rod Wiebe told the Times Review that “most of the vehicles are recovered in (the Okanagan) minus the sleds. Snowmobiles are almost never recovered.”

Wiebe also noted there were no reports of snowmobile thefts during the same period last year.

“We would really like to get the message out to sled owners to take all precautions possible to secure their investments,” says Wiebe. “The most recent theft (Jan. 3) was because the trailer hitch was not locked, so all the thieves had to do was unhitch it and walk it to another vehicle.”

The thefts occurred in five separate incidents:

Nov. 23: A 2005 Ford F-350 carrying a black 2010 Arctic Cat snowmobile was stolen from the Smokey Bear Campground. The truck was recovered in Salmon Arm but the sled is still missing.

Nov. 26: A 2000 Ford F-350 was stolen from the CP Rail parking lot. It hasn’t been recovered.

Dec. 10: A 2010 Arctic Cat snowmobile and a trailer were stolen from the parking lot at the Sandman Inn. The trailer was recovered a short time later in Craigellachie, minus the sled.

Dec. 13: A 2006 Ford F-350 and trailer loaded with furniture was stolen from the Super 8 Motel parking lot. Neither the truck nor the trailer has been located.

Jan. 3: A 2010 Polaris Assault and a 2008 Yamaha Nitro, along with a trailer, were stolen from the Super 8 Motel parking lot. They have not been recovered.

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