Crime Stoppers needs your help in solving the following crime:
The Grinch is at it again. The Grinch is dampening the Christmas spirit for some Port Alberni residents. The unknown suspect or suspects are stealing items from vehicles parked about town. In two days, at least 5 vehicles have been entered and items stolen.
Sometime in the early morning hours of Sunday December 9th, a suspect or suspects entered a vehicle parked in the 4200 block of 8th Ave and stole a wallet. The owner was alerted at 3:30 am when they received a call informing them that their debit card had been used at 2 am and again at 2:30 am at the Husky Gas on 3rd Ave.
Later on Sunday evening, a suspect or suspects entered a vehicle parked in the 3900 block of Redford St. and stole an iPad. Police later located the iPad and returned it to its owner.
At approximately 3 am on Monday December 10th, a suspect entered two unlocked vehicles in the 3500 block of Estevan Dr and had taken several items when the owner heard a noise and went to investigate. The owner saw the suspect in the vehicle and chased him away and called police. The suspect is described as wearing a two tone coat and light coloured jeans as he ran towards Burde St.
Later on December 10th, an unlocked vehicle was entered in the 5100 Block of Golden St. and a duffle bag of clothing was stolen. Also, a vehicle in the 3600 Block of 17th Ave. was entered with the suspect stealing a student binder and some jeans.
Don’t let the Grinch steal your holiday spirit. Residents can help keep the Grinch away by ensuring vehicles are kept empty of any valuables and visible parcels as well as ensuring that the doors are kept locked.
Anyone with information on this, or any other crime, is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424 or Alberni Valley Crime Stoppers at:
• by phone: 1-800-222-8477(TIPS)
• online: www.solvecrime.ca
• by SMS: Text: BCTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637)