Online banking leads to return of stolen vehicle for Kamloops man

By James Peters
October 23, 2017 - 11:22am

KAMLOOPS — A Batchelor Heights auto theft victim has his vehicle back thanks to some quick thinking.

The vehicle was taken yesterday morning from a home on Grasslands Boulevard.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says the victim tracked it down by doing some online banking.

"The complainant also had his wallet inside of the vehicle. The complainant called to report that he had seen that his credit card had been used at a store in Northills Mall. The owner then went to Northills Mall and saw his vehicle leaving the McDonald's," said Shelkie.

"Police went into the area and were able to locate the stolen vehicle on Carson Crescent. However, there was no driver in the vehicle at the time."

RCMP have yet to track down a suspect.

"We're looking for surveillance photos of the suspect at the stores he may have went into in Northills Mall," said Shelkie. "The owner himself, who saw the driver, described him as a caucasian male wearing a toque."

Even though the fact that the man's wallet was stolen led to the victim's car being returned, Shelkie says leaving valuables in vehicles is not advisable.

"Always take all of your valuables out of the vehicle, and always lock your vehicles as well. This is just another example where valuables have been left inside, and not only was the vehicle stolen, but also the wallet with the credit cards."

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