News

Thief diverts driver and steals van

Police are looking for a man involved in the brazen theft of a woman’s van from the Walmart parking lot.

According to RCMP, the woman had just finished loading her groceries into her vehicle on Friday, around 9:30 p.m., got into the driver’s seat and started her van. That’s when she was approached by a man who said something was wrong with one of her tires. When the woman got out to have a look, the thief jumped into the driver’s seat and drove away. Extensive police patrols over the next two hours resulted in the recovery of the van outside the Willow’s Pub on Rockland Road, but the thief wasn’t caught. He is described as 5’10”, with a slender build and was wearing a snowboard -style jacket.

“These types of crimes are of particular concern to police as they unfold quickly, often with the stolen vehicle fleeing at a high rate of speed,” said Sgt. Craig Massey in a news release. “This aggressive manner of escape has the potential to cause desperate vehicle owners to be dragged. Additionally, it poses increased risk to other pedestrians and road users.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Museum rated 10th-best in the country
 
Amrik Virk advised Kwantlen on secret executive bonus
 
Flu vaccine less effective against mutant strain
Royal Jubilee lab takes big step forward with new microbiology technology
 
ELECTION 2014: Alberni votes for change
 
Youth has a new voice on Qualicum school board
Small change adds up to big difference
 
Driver of white sedan wanted by Mounties
 
Quinn-tessential Bachand

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 21 edition online now. Browse the archives.