PENTICTON —; Sukhminder Khangura was at a loss for words when he returned to his Kaleden fruit stand. Khangura had been in India for the past two months visiting family and friends, only to return to a depressing scene: thieves had ransacked his business.
“They took almost everything,” says Khangura.
He estimates about $25,000 worth of items were stolen, including five coolers, kitchen appliances, a quad, an ATV, tools and fruit bins.
Khaugra’s plight was one of four calls RCMP received on Monday. Police say all four crimes happened while owners were away.
Dean Zucht, an owner of a plumbing business, left his work vehicle in a compound on Carmi Avenue in Penticton. When he returned after a week, all the plumbing tools that were inside were gone.
Zucht says he had to quickly replace all the missing tools in order to resume business.
The criminals are not just targeting businesses, RCMP also received reports of break and enters to homes.
On Hody Drive in Okanagan Falls, neighbours reported that thieves that broken into a home of snowbirds. Police have still not been able to contact the owners.
“[There was] Extensive damage to the residence, as a lot of items have been rifled through and mischief was caused inside the residence with damage to furniture and property,” says Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth with the Penticton RCMP.
A Penticton resident living in the Vancouver Hill neighbourhood has also fallen victim to a similar crime.
“The occupant of that residence was working out of town, so it is unknown at this time exactly what was taken. We can only confirm that a television was missing,” says Wrigglesworth.
Since all four crimes happened while the owners are/were away, RCMP can’t pinpoint exactly when the break-ins happened.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers.