RCMP snowmobile brought to Kelowna for bait vehicle announcement stolen

RCMP snowmobile being used for prop in bait sled program announcement, stolen, then found.

  • Dec. 17, 2014 9:00 a.m.

By Alistair Waters, Black Press

Oh, the irony.

As if to illustrate the problem, the RCMP’s own Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team’s top officials found themselves the victims of the very type of crime they came to Kelowna Thursday to warn the public about.

According to Insp. Peter Jadis, head of IMPACT, in the early hours of Thursday, Dec. 11, a pick-up truck carrying a snowmobile, brought to Kelowna from the Lower Mainland for an announcement about this season’s launch of the annual “bait” sled program, was stolen. The truck and snowmobile were parked at a local hotel.

Jadis said because both vehicles were equipped with alarms, video recorders and other bait vehicle equipment,  they were easily traced and a suspect in the theft was caught in Kelowna later that day with the truck and snowmobile.

“This was a crime of opportunity,” said Jadis at a news conference.

He said while IMPACT is launching the bait sled program in the Interior – similar to the successful bait car program used by police forces across the country– the public is also being asked to do its part.

Owners of snowmobiles are advised to park vehicles carrying snowmobiles in well lit areas and, if possible box in the vehicle carrying the snowmobile with other vehicles.

They should also mark their snowmobiles with engraved identification numbers, disable the tow vehicle at night by removing a battery terminal, coil or distributor cap, buy and use anti theft devices, record and photograph all equipment to help investigators in the event a machine is stolen and securely lock all equipment.

The bait vehicle program, now in its 10th year in B.C., has proven successful and now covers cars, truck, ATV and snowmobiles.

While Jadis did not have numbers 2013, he said since January of this year, 151 off-road vehicles have been stolen in this area and 44 were snowmobiles.

With snowmobile prices starting at $12,000 to $15,000, the loss is substantial, he said.

He added in addition to providing the bait vehicles, the police will also be out at night questioning drivers of trucks carrying snowmobiles to make sure they are the rightful owners.

“People should have their paperwork on hand,” said Cpl. Thomas Blackney of the Revelstoke RCMP, which has been instrumental developing the bait sled program because Revelstoke is a popular snowmobiling area.

Crime Stoppers is also turning its attention to fighting the theft of off-road vehicles.

Gerry Guiltenane, co-odinator of the Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers said his organization has put a link on its webpage to the Canadian Police Information Centre so anyone offered a snowmobile at what seems like a “too-good-to-be-true” price, can check to see if it has been reported stolen anywhere in Canada, just by entering the vehicle identification number.

He said it has already helped recover two sleds and a truck.

Const. Kris Clark of the Kelowna RCMP said it is important for the public to do its part as someone could unwittingly be found to be in possession of stolen property if they do not make an effort to check the history of a snowmobile they are planning to buy buy privately or over the internet.

Because the machine could be seized by police, the unwitting buyer could be out of pocket the thousands of dollars they paid for the stolen machine, he said.

 

Just Posted

Advance Voting in Revelstoke a success

The municiple election season is well underway with advance voting held on Oct. 10 and Oct. 17

Revelstoke peewee Grizzlies lose to Vernon

The Revelstoke Grizzlies Peewee Tier 3 team played Vernon on Saturday, losing… Continue reading

Fred Penner is coming to Revelstoke

The iconic children’s entertainer will be at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre Oct. 20

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Oct. 14

125 Years Ago: Kootenay Star, October 21, 1893 Revelstoke Station is rapidly… Continue reading

B.C. NDP retreats again on empty-home tax for urban areas

Rate reduced for all Canadians, dissident mayors to get annual meeting

Jets score 3 late goals to beat Canucks 4-1

Winnipeg ends three-game Vancouver win streak

Okanagan water conference builds connections

Experts gathered to discuss water and fisherie sustainability objectives

Two B.C. cannabis dispensaries raided on legalization day

Port Alberni dispensaries ticketed for “unlawful sale” of cannabis

Canada not sending anyone to Saudi business summit

Sources insist Ottawa never intended to dispatch a delegation this time around

Earthquake early-warning sensors installed off coast of B.C.

The first-of-its kind warning sensors are developed by Ocean Networks Canada

VPD ordered to co-operate with B.C. police watchdog probe

According to the IIO, a court is ordering Vancouver police to co-operate with an investigation into a fatal shooting

B.C. woman looks to reduce stigma surrounding weed-smoking moms

Shannon Chiarenza, a Vancouver mom of two, started weedmama.ca to act as a guide for newcomers to legal cannabis, specifically mothers

B.C. teen gives away tickets to Ellen Degeneres show, plans O Canada welcome

The Grade 9 student wanted to give away tickets in the spirit of inclusivity

Most Read