UPDATE: On Oct. 26, Kamloops RCMP reported that the stolen white mini-bus had been found and returned to its owner. There has been no word on whether the suspects have been arrested.
A break-in at a local hobby shop on West Victoria Street appears to have been part of a crime spree that took place on Wednesday (Oct. 21) morning.
Kamloops Mounties received calls about three burglaries involving a pair of hooded suspects who they believe stole a white mini-bus and filled it with more than $45,000 worth of product between two burgled businesses.
One of those businesses was RC Nation, a store that sells remote controlled vehicles, which reported the theft to KTW on Wednesday.
Mounties responded at 6:11 a.m. to a break-in at a business in the 200-block of Lansdowne Street, where two suspects — associated with a white mini-bus — had smashed the glass front door and entered the building, stealing several collectable cards with a combined estimated value of more than $20,000.
The suspects were dressed in dark-coloured hoodies and baseball caps.
Hours later, at 9:12 a.m., police responded to RC Nation a few blocks away, where, at about 6:20 a.m., they believe the same two suspects, who pulled up in a white mini-bus, broke in and stole $25,000 worth of remote controlled cars and other items, as well as a cash register.
Just before 10 a.m. on Wednesday, police received a call from the owner of a third business, located in the 900-block of McGill Road, who reported their 2006 Ford mini-bus had been stolen from the parking lot.
The mini-bus, which had B.C. licence plates NT 4992 attached, has not yet been located.
“Our investigators believe the suspects stole the mini-bus overnight from the McGill Road area in order to carry out their crime spree,” Sgt. Darren Michels said in the release.
Surveillance footage from both burgled businesses showed what appeared to be the same hooded suspects and a white mini-bus attending each business, Michels told KTW. No footage was obtained from the business where the bus was stolen.
He said the alarm at the Lansdowne business went off at about 6:11 a.m. and police responded minutes later, during which the suspects were believed to be down the road at RC Nation.
Police wish to hear from any additional businesses that may have been targeted on Wednesday. They would also like to speak with anybody who has information on the burglaries. The Kamloops RCMP can be reached at 250-828-3000 and Crime Stoppers is at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).