Couple arrested for posing as potential homebuyers, stealing jewelry in Salmon Arm

By Ashley Legassic
December 3, 2018 - 4:54pm

SALMON ARM, B.C. — A man and woman have been arrested after reports of jewelry being stolen during home viewings in Salmon Arm.

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says in a news release that between Sept. 10 and Oct. 11 of this year, Salmon Arm RCMP received a total of seven different complaints from homeowners reporting thefts of jewelry and money from their homes that were listed for sale in the area.

So far, the investigation has revealed that the suspects — a couple — posed as potential buyers who would attend the homes ranging in listed values between $635,000 and $1,200,000. A large amount of men's and women's jewelry was stolen during the showings, some of which has since been recovered.

"Much of the jewelry has significant sentimental value with estimated losses exceeding the tens of thousands in value," Salmon Arm RCMP Staff Sgt. Scott West says in the release. "The male and female suspects of no fixed address have since been located, arrested and released to attend Salmon Arm Provincial Court in the new year."

Police are contemplating several charges to recommend to Crown counsel, including theft under $5,000, theft over $5,000 and possession of stolen property.

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