RCMP recover stolen lock-picking tools from ditched vehicle

Sunshine Coast RCMP say they’ve recovered lock-picking tools stolen from a local tow truck operator.

RCMP said they were notified Sept. 22 that a tow truck had been broken into early that morning and among the items taken were a “slim jim” and other tools used by authorized companies to get into locked vehicles.

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The tools were recovered by police investigating a break-in later that day at a construction site in the 11000 block of Highway 101 in Madeira Park.

“Quick thinking neighbours had seen a suspicious vehicle in the area earlier that day and had photographed it and shared it with other residents who lived in the area,” RCMP said in a release Sept. 27. “Friends of the victim of the break and enter began driving in the area and the suspect car was seen driving on Middlepoint Road.”

RCMP said when police arrived they spotted the vehicle, which was driven up Stephens Way in Halfmoon Bay before the suspects dumped the car on a side road. 

“The vehicle was seized and towed to the police station where the tools stolen from the tow truck were recovered inside along with multiple items from the construction site,” RCMP said.

The investigation is ongoing.


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