West Kelowna RCMP Community Safety Unit recovers over $30,000 in suspected stolen property

West Kelowna, Kelowna, BC – West Kelowna – A man and woman are facing numerous charges after the West Kelowna RCMP Community Safety Unit recovered over $30,000 in suspected stolen merchandise.

Between October 17 and 18, 2021 the West Kelowna RCMP Community Safety Unit (CSU) was alerted by local asset protection associates that a man and woman associated to a Ford cargo van were allegedly shoplifting high value merchandise from local businesses. Investigators worked in partnership with the loss prevention officers to obtain further details regarding the description of the suspects.

On October 19, 2021 the West Kelowna RCMP Community Safety Unit located the Ford cargo van with two occupants in the parking lot of a business in Kelowna. A man and woman were arrested and taken into custody without incident. Following their arrests, the cargo van was seized and a search located over $30,000 of high value merchandise suspected to have been stolen from local businesses.

West Kelowna RCMP Community Safety Unit recovers over $30,000 in suspected stolen property
West Kelowna RCMP Community Safety Unit recovers over $30,000 in suspected stolen property

“The merchandise recovered included home improvement supplies, kitchen appliances, as well as various tools and machinery of high value,” states Cp. Bryan Mulrooney of the West Kelowna RCMP Community Safety Unit. “Prolific thieves and shoplifters cost businesses thousands of dollars in lost revenue each month. Our collaborative approach and our relationship with our local asset protection associates is an invaluable tool that assists us in targeting prolific retail thieves.”

A 42-year-old man from Langley and a 46-year-old woman from White Rock were conditionally released to attend court at a later date. The investigation remains ongoing and the matter will be submitted to BC Public Prosecution Service for consideration of charges.

File # 2021-10-20

Kelowna Regional RCMP

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