Truck thief’s footprints in the snow show crime of opportunity

A thief stole a Toyota Tacoma from Columbia Park on Dec. 24, and also entered several unlocked vehicles.

The RCMP crest.

An illusive figure was sneaking around Revelstoke homes the day before Christmas, and it wasn’t Santa.

Another string of thefts from vehicles has prompted Revelstoke RCMP to ask residents to take basic precautions like removing valuables from vehicles and locking them.

On Dec. 24, a thief made off with a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck in the Columbia Park neighbourhood after he found it unlocked with the keys in the ignition. In addition, several other vehicles were broken into. Here is the Dec. 24 Revelstoke RMCP media release:

On Thursday December 24th, 2015 the Revelstoke RCMP were directed to several vehicles that had been entered, and had various items taken, all in the 1900 block of Laforme Boulevard. It appears based on the foot prints that almost every vehicle on the street was approached, but only those which were unlocked were entered. Unfortunately a vehicle which was unlocked and also had its keys in it was stolen. The stolen vehicle is a 2008 Toyota Tacoma TRD, navy blue with a matching canopy that is missing the rear window.

This is the second time this week that unlocked vehicles have been entered. On Tuesday morning over 20 cars and trucks were entered, and again only the unlocked vehicles lost any property. The activity on Tuesday morning was in the Southside area while today was in Columbia Park.

Police continue to encourage residents of Revelstoke to secure their vehicles, and keep valuable items out of sight. Leaving keys in a vehicle is not a recommended practice and can result in the theft of the vehicle, the inconvenience of the loss of the vehicle, and the potential criminal activity and harm that can further result.

The Revelstoke RCMP wished everyone a safe and happy holiday season, with the hopes that a little prevention can go a long way!