RCMP nab man for stealing from cars
Crime: Police look to get items back to owners
By: Don Patterson
| Posted: Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 06:00 am
Okotoks RCMP have nabbed a man suspected of breaking into vehicles and stealing items found inside and now they’re hoping to reunited stolen property with their rightful owners.
During the early morning hours of Jan. 23, Okotoks RCMP received a report of a man entering vehicles it the Downey area in town. Officers who responded to the call were able to track the man down. He was found to have property stolen from vehicles in the area in his possession and arrested.
Police are now looking to return stolen property to their rightful owners, including cell phones, GPS systems and clothing.
The Town has seen a rash of vehicles broken into, with 48 since mid-December.
“It’s all around and in different areas,” said Okotoks RCMP Sgt. Donna Rorison. “In one evening, it will be 20 vehicles in this area and in the next it’s 10 here and then someplace else.”
Police investigation has revealed thieves have even entered unlocked garaged to get into vehicles and search for valuable items.
“It’s a lot and we know there’s an awful lot more than that and they weren’t reported,” she said.
RCMP are asking residents in the Downey area and in other parts of town whose cars were broken into and did not report it to police to come forward.
“We have no way of knowing how many in an area might actually have been broken into,” she said.
Kenneth Dean Jacobs, 31, of Okotoks, has been charged with 22 counts of mischief, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime and one count of obstruction. He was also arrested for several outstanding warrants from Calgary.
RCMP remind people to take steps to protect their vehicles, including ensuring doors are locked, not only on their vehicles, but also in their garages and homes. People are also urged not to leave valuables and extra keys in their vehicles.
Anyone who has information regarding the break and enters, or any other case, is asked to contact Okotoks RCMP at 403-995-6400. Anonymous tips can be made to CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).