RCMP investigating rash of vehicle thefts

SASKATOON,SK—MARCH 6/2019—9999 Spec RCMP – RCMP vehicle in North Battleford, SK. on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (MATT SMITH/THE STAR PHOENIX)

Antigonish County District RCMP is investigating a rash of vehicle thefts that occurred over the weekend in the Antigonish area.

On January 7, 2023, at approximately 11:50 p.m., Antigonish County District RCMP responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on Hwy. 316 in St. Andrews. RCMP officers learned that a passerby had observed a Volkswagen Jetta on its roof in the ditch, but that no one was present in or around the vehicle. RCMP officers located stolen catalytic converters, tools, clothing, and various personal items. All items were seized and transported to the Antigonish RCMP Detachment.

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on January 8, Antigonish County District RCMP responded to a report of a Ford Focus that was off the road near the intersection of Hwy. 4 and West St. in Antigonish. RCMP officers learned that the vehicle had been stolen and officers located personal items in the vehicle. The vehicle owner was located and the vehicle was released to them.

At approximately 7:25 a.m., Antigonish County District RCMP responded to a report of a theft from a Honda HRV that was parked in a hospital parking lot. Stolen from the vehicle was a wallet. RCMP officers also located and seized a Kia Sorento in the hospital parking lot and determined that it had been stolen from the Lower Sackville area on January 6, 2023.

At approximately 1:25 p.m., Antigonish County District RCMP responded to a report of a black 2019 Toyota Tacoma that was stolen from a parking lot on Smith Way in Antigonish. The vehicle theft occurred sometime between 10 p.m. on January 7 and 1 p.m. on January 8. The Tacoma was bearing Nova Scotia license plate GWD286 on it at the time it was stolen.

At approximately 2:45 p.m., Antigonish County District RCMP responded to a report of a black Toyota Corolla that was stolen from a parking lot on West St. in Antigonish. The vehicle theft occurred sometime between 10 p.m. on January 7 and 2:20 p.m. on January 8. The vehicle was located on January 9 around 3:40 a.m. in Pictou County and a traffic stop was attempted. The vehicle fled but was later located abandoned on Pleasant St. in Stellarton.

At approximately 3:35 p.m., Antigonish County District RCMP responded to a report of a white Nissan Micra that was stolen from outside of an apartment building on Haley Rd. in Antigonish. The vehicle theft occurred sometime between 9 p.m. on January 7 and 3:30 p.m. on January 8. The vehicle was located abandoned on Westville Rd. in Pictou County on January 9.

The recovered vehicles were seized by RCMP officers and will be returned to their owners.

Many of these vehicles were not locked at the time they were stolen or rummaged through, some also had the keys left in them. The Nova Scotia RCMP continues to ask the public to remove their keys from their vehicles when not in use and to lock their vehicles as well.

Anyone with information about the 2019 Toyota Tacoma bearing NS license plate GDW286 (file # 2023-33977), is asked to contact the Antigonish County District RCMP at 902-863-6500. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.

The investigations are ongoing.

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