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RCMP urges community to report crimes as theft from vehicles continues

Ladysmith RCMP confirmed a group of teens were seen trying to break into a vehicle on Thetis drive

More incidents of property theft from vehicles have been reported to the Ladysmith RCMP and posted on social media.

The most recent incident of reported thefts occurred during the early morning hours of June 12. Several residents posted to Facebook saying their vehicles near Davis road, Hall road, Hillcrest Avenue, and Thetis drive had been broken in to or theft was attempted on their vehicles.

Ladysmith RCMP confirmed a report of a group of teens seen attempting to break into a vehicle on Thetis drive.

“On the morning of the 12th at about three o’clock in the morning we had a report of some hooligans on an individual’s driveway,” Staff Sergeant Ken Brissard said.

The teens were seen trying the door handle of the complainant’s vehicle before the complainant scared them away. There were approximately six or seven teens in the group, both male and female. That is the only report the RCMP has received.

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An RCMP officer did encounter a group of five teens that fit the description walking in the Thetis drive area around the time the attempted theft was reported, but found no proof an offence was committed. Some of the teens said they had recently moved to Ladysmith while others said they were visiting from Duncan. None of the teens are known to the Ladysmith RCMP.

The group denied touching any vehicles, and said they were just walking around when somebody yelled at them. The group admitted to going inside a house that is currently under construction.

Brissard reiterated calls to the community encouraging them to report any crime that occurs, no matter how small it may seem.

“Although we can’t prove anything, now if we have crimes that had been committed that night reported to us, we have somebody that we can go back and talk to,” he said. “Make reports. Although what you have is insignificant in your opinion, it could be the piece of the puzzle that we need.”

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