A Kamloops family had its fridge raided and items stolen from their home by a burglar who then left the residence in the family vehicle.
Kamloops Mounties were notified at about 6:30 a.m.on June 12 of a break-in and theft the previous evening at a home on Sydney Avenue in North Kamloops.
Police said the homeowner reported that while his family was sleeping, a suspect was able to gain entry into their home through an unlocked basement door.
Once inside, the suspect stole several valuable items, vehicle keys and ate food from the refrigerator before stealing family vehicle.
It didn’t take long for police to make an arrest, however, as at about 1 p.m. the same day, police responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle on Beach Avenue in North Kamloops, with two men inside who appeared to be unconscious.
“Police attended the area to find the two men in the front seats of the stolen vehicle,” Sgt. Darren Michels said. “The two males appeared to have been using drugs and had fallen asleep.”
Paramedics were called and tended to the two men.
One of the two men in the vehicle — a 55-year-old Kamloopsian known to police — was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property obtained by a crime.
“The Kamloops RCMP cannot emphasis enough how important it is to lock your vehicles and doors at night while you are sleeping to avoid becoming the victim of a crime of opportunity,” Michels said.
The man arrested, whose name was not divulged, was released on an undertaking and will appear in court at a later date.