Vehicles rummaged through, items stolen
Didsbury RCMP are cautioning residents in the area to ensure their vehicles are locked, after a string of recent incidents within Didsbury town limits.
The first incident occurred on April 16, around 3 a.m.
“We had a report of two suspicious young males who were observed checking the door handles on vehicles around the 700 block of 23 Street,” said Sgt. Jeff Jacobson of the Didsbury RCMP. “They were seen departing the area in a late 1980s model two-tone truck. Unfortunately, police were unable to intercept the vehicle.”
The next day, police received reports from citizens saying that their vehicles had been “rummaged through.”
“In the 2100 block of 24 Avenue, a vehicle was rummaged through and a wallet was stolen,” Sgt. Jacobson said.
In a separate incident, a wallet was found in the back alley between 18 and 19 Avenue. “The wallet had been stolen from a different vehicle that was parked in the 2000 block of 23 Avenue,” said Sgt. Jacobson.
The owners of two vehicles that were parked in the 1400 block of 18 Street discovered that their vehicles were rummaged through. A bagful of clothes was stolen from one of the vehicles.
“Subsequently, the clothing was found in a garbage bin in the 1700 block of 14 Street,” added Sgt. Jacobson.
In the 2300 block of 21 Street, two vehicles were riffled through, but nothing of value was taken.
“All the vehicles involved in these incidents appear to have been unlocked,” said Sgt. Jacobson. “We’re encouraging and challenging the public to start locking their vehicles in an attempt to thwart these crimes of opportunity. Make sure you remove wallets, purses, iPods, cellphones, change and iPads from your vehicles.
“Let’s not make it easy for criminals to commit crimes.”
He noted that he’d like to see a decrease in thefts and an increase in vehicle locks.
“While Didsbury and Carstairs are safe communities, crime does happen here,” Sgt. Jacobson said. “Any suspicious activity should be reported. Unless we catch people in the act, it’s difficult to solve.”