Kamloops Mounties say they arrested a middle-aged woman in possession of three garage door openers on Wednesday (Jan. 8) following a reported break-in.
According to an RCMP press release, police responded at about 2:40 a.m. to a residence in Juniper Ridge, where the homeowner described waking up to his alarm system and discovering his overhead garage door was open.
The homeowner saw a female suspect leaving the area and gave a description to officers, who scoured the area to find someone matching the description. A woman was arrested without incident and searched, with officers finding three garage door openers and household items in her possession, according to police.
One of the garage door openers was determined to be from the home police were called to and the others were from nearby homes Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said.
While officers are still in the process of determining which items found on the woman are stolen, some were identified by other homeowners in the area belonging to them, Shelke said.
Shelkie said none of the recovered items were from the home where the alarm went off, and police believe that may have scared the woman away.
Police allege the woman stole the garage door openers from vehicles parked outside of the homes, using them to open garages and enter homes to steal items while residents slept.
“It is a frightening experience to know a thief has been in your home, let alone one being in your home while you and your family are inside asleep,” Shelkie said. “Always removed all valuables, including the overhead garage door opener, from your vehicle.”
The 41-year-old woman is from Kamloops and is being held in custody before appearing before a judge.