Hope woman in custody for locker room thefts

A 41-year-old woman from Hope is in custody and facing theft charges in connection with three reports of items stolen Tuesday from lockers at the Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre.

A 41-year-old woman from Hope is in custody and facing theft charges in connection with three reports of items stolen Tuesday from lockers at the Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre.

Police say the woman admitted breaking into three lockers that day in the women’s change room at the recreation centre, stealing a necklace and a ring from one of the lockers, an iPhone from another, and a purse and car keys from a third.

The victim whose purse and car keys were stolen returned home and was standing on her balcony when she noticed a man and woman outside acting suspicously.

The suspect couple called a taxi and left, apparently spooked by the sight of the victim standing on her balcony.

Two members of the RCMP Crime Reduction Unit located her vehicle, then viewed surveillance video at the recreation centre and identified the suspect, who is known to police.

The CRU members then went to a residence frequented by the suspect, and located a stolen purse and insurance registration papers for the stolen vehicle.

Police said the suspect also showed the CRU members where the stolen car keys were located. They were recovered and returned to the victim.

The stolen ring, an engagement ring from a deceased husband, was also returned.

“The woman who had her ring stolen was absolutely thrilled to get it back as she had it for over 60 years,” said RCMP Cpl. Kerry Williams, a CRU member.

The male seen with the accused woman is still being sought by police.

Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth encouraged victims of theft, no matter how small, to report them to police.

“In this case, due to the victims reporting the thefts, the outcome was successful as property was returned to rightful owners and the woman responsible for the crimes will be held accountable,” she said.

Just Posted

Bail denied for alleged Chilliwack firearm thief convicted of similar crime in Alberta

Andrew Scott Charpentier charged with numerous offences after guns seized from Reece Avenue address

Figures reveal spike in highway traffic jams between Abbotsford and Langley

Nearly one in 20 westbound vehicles between Abbotsford and Langley clocked at under 60 km/h

Taser takedown in Chilliwack complex after incident gets violent

Male suspect became agitated under questioning and repeatedly punched an officer

Agassiz man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

Young Chilliwack singer launches career with French classic

Deanne Ratzlaff performs as featured vocalist in La Vie en Rose in Chilliwack, London and Paris

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Former Fernie Ghostrider re-signs with Vancouver Canucks

Josh Teves has signed a two-year contract with the NHL team

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

UPDATE: West Kelowna fawn euthanized, not claimed by sanctuary

Gilbert the deer has been euthanized after a suitable home was not found in time

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Most Read