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Pincher Creek RCMP investigating string of break-ins

Thursday, 10 June 2021. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Pincher Creek RCMP investigating string of break-ins
Pincher Creek RCMP investigating string of break-ins

By Jenaya Launstein
Community Reporter

A string of vehicle break-ins during the night of June 8 has Pincher Creek RCMP searching for the culprits and reminding residents to keep their doors locked.

Corporal Jeff Feist estimates 10 to 12 vehicles were broken into, the majority of which were left unlocked.

A variety of items were stolen, including credit cards, wallets, insurance and registration papers, sunglasses, driver’s licences and keys. One vehicle had a garage door opener left inside, which the thieves used to get into the victim’s garage and steal two fat bikes.

Most of the thefts occurred on Bev McLachlin Drive, Schofield Street, Wilderness Avenue and Wentworth Avenue.

“It does look like it may have been an out-of-town crew,” says Cpl. Feist. “That’s not uncommon in this day and age, where we actually get groups of mostly drug users that are travelling town to town.”

Such groups usually go up and down the streets checking for unlocked vehicles and stealing whatever they can get their hands on.

To add to the suspicions that these crimes were committed by a group not from Pincher Creek, the stolen credit cards have seen charges popping up from High River and further north.

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Given the amount of vehicles hit and the areas covered, Cpl. Feist believes this was the doing of a crime group.

“It’s not always just the local kids that do this or a local meth user or whatever. Quite frequently, when we get a large amount of vehicles broken into overnight, it’s an organized effort from numerous individuals,” he says.

Security footage has been obtained from several of the victims, but the thieves have yet to be identified.

Cpl. Feist says these incidents serve as a reminder to always lock your vehicles and remove anything you don’t want stolen.

“The vehicle is an extremely unsecure place to store anything, be it your wallet or expensive items,” he says, adding you should also remove your garage door opener.

Officers have evidence that shows the culprits were walking the streets, trying every vehicle door handle they could find.

If you know who committed these crimes or have security footage you would like to share with the RCMP, call the Pincher Creek detachment at 403-627-6010. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

“Any tip can help, any footage can help, anything that may identify a vehicle would really help,” says Cpl. Feist.

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