Police investigate vehicle thefts

Williams Lake RCMP are investigating two vehicle thefts and an attempted theft that occurred last weekend.

Williams Lake RCMP are investigating two vehicle thefts and an attempted theft that occurred last weekend.

Staff Sgt. Del Byron said the first theft is believed to have occurred at about 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18 from the Coast Fraser Inn parking lot.

The vehicle is described as a 2007 Ford F350. Byron said the owner was in town for work.

At about 3 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 a neighbour on Wotzke Drive alerted their neighbours to the attempted theft of a 1998 grey Chevy pickup truck.

Byron said the vehicle received damage to its driver’s window and steer column and was also moved.

It was later reported that another vehicle was damaged in the neighbourhood overnight as well.

Officers arriving for the dayshift Saturday received a report of a vehicle stolen in the 500 block of Hodgson Road.

The vehicle is described as a 1997, green GMC pickup truck taken sometime overnight from a residence. The vehicle also had tools inside.

Comparing the statistics from previous years, Byron said vehicle theft is actually down four per cent from the same time last year.

Byron reports that from Jan. to Aug 31, 2015 there have been 52 vehicle thefts, compared with 54 in 2014

In 2013 from Jan. to Aug. 31, there were 69 vehicles stolen, while in 2008 that number spiked to 190.

Byron attributes the downward trend with the start of the Prolific Offender Program, which began in 2008 in an effort to curtail crime in the community.