$5,000 worth of tools stolen from locked van in Ucluelet

A van parked at a construction site on Lorne White Place in Ucluelet was smashed into.

A van parked at a construction site on Lorne White Place in Ucluelet was smashed into.

The van was locked but the thief, or thieves, smashed a window to gain access sometime during the night on Sept. 17, according to Const. Chris Squire who said about $5,000 worth of tools was stolen from inside the vehicle.

Around the same time the van was broken into, a bicycle was stolen on Cynamocha Road.

Squire said the bike was locked but the lock was cut.

He added the bike was taken “very, very, close to the other theft and it’s likely the two (thefts) were related.”

Police had no suspects at press time but anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Ukee RCMP detachment at 250-726-7773.

Suspicious men sought

Two men camping in a motorhome at the end of Elina Road in Ucluelet drew police attention.

The pair was spotted acting suspiciously around 10 a.m. on Sept. 18.

“As they were walking down the road, they were looking in windows of vehicles parked on the street,” said Const. Squire.

“There’s a million reasons why they might be looking in the windows; they might like the kind of vehicle and want to see what it’s like inside, but there’s the other possibility that they were looking for things to steal.”

Police have a license plate number for the motorhome and will speak to its owner about the two men.

“We’re going to follow up that way,” Squire said adding the two men are believed to be from out of town.

“We’re going to follow up with the (motorhome’s) owners and see what they have to say.”

Andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca