Thieves target parked cars in Park

Four vehicles have been broken into within the Pacific Rim National Park in the past week.

Summer’s end did not bring an end to the West Coast’s troubling trend of thefts as thieves have hit four parked vehicles at the Pacific Rim National Park in the past week.

Two groups of tourists had their vehicles smashed into at the Park on Oct. 15 around 1 p.m., according to Const. Chris Squire of the Ucluelet RCMP who said the victimized vehicles were parked at the Rainforest Trail and Combers Beach.

Windows were smashed to gain entry into both vehicles and luggage and electronics were stolen from each, according to Squire.

He said police believe the same thief, or thieves, committed both crimes.

Two more vehicles—a Porsche and an Audi—were broken into near the Rainforest Trail on Oct. 18 around 11:45, according to Const. Jarrett Duncan.

He said personal items including credit cards were taken from both vehicles.

Police had no suspects at press time but were encouraging anyone with any information to contact the Ucluelet RCMP detachment at 250-726-7773.

“If anyone that was in the area saw anything suspicious give us a call,” Squire said.

Duncan is urging locals and visitors to keep their valuables out of sight and to park in visible areas while visiting the Park.

“Don’t leave any valuables in your vehicle or in sight, make sure it’s hidden, and try not to park in a secluded area,” he said.

“If you can park closer to the highway that would help prevent these suspects from having an isolated or secluded area to break into vehicles without anyone seeing them.”

 

andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca