Vehicle vandals prompt warning
Police advise residents to remove valuables from vehicles after more than 100 break-ins in two weeks
By: By Megan Sarrazin
| Posted: Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 05:45 pm
Police are warning residents to remove all valuables from their vehicles after vandals smashed the windows of more than 100 vehicles in the last two weeks.
St. Albert RCMP Const. Janice Schoepp said more than 20 of these reports surfaced Monday morning following an overnight crime spree in the Oakmont, Erin Ridge and Sturgeon neighbourhoods.
“There could be some people who had some vandalism done or something taken and they haven’t reported yet and we’re encouraging them to do that because that helps us identify trends,” she said.
The vandals are smashing windows of parked vehicles – parked both on the street and in driveways – and stealing anything of value and anything that was easily accessible.
“In some cases, there’s been some change (stolen), others there’s been some kind of electronics, I think even a paintball gun in one case,” Schoepp said.
She said she couldn’t comment on whether police have any suspects in the break-ins and said she isn’t sure if the same person or group of persons is responsible for all offences.
Schoepp said vehicle break-ins have been reported throughout the city.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Victims of mischief or theft to a vehicle are asked to report the crime to St. Albert RCMP.