Grand Forks RCMP say a purse stolen from a vehicle at the Paulson Cross Country ski area off Highway 3 has turned into a fraud investigation.
Police say they learned of the theft on Wednesday. Although the vehicle was locked, someone broke in and stole the purse, containing credit cards.
Once the driver contacted their bank, they learned the cards had been used at various places in Christina Lake and Grand Forks. Police are trying to identify a suspect.
“We encourage the public to take steps to deter thefts by removing or hiding valuables, and deter thieves from accessing and stealing their vehicles by locking doors, parking in well-lit areas, and not leaving spare keys inside,” Sgt. Darryl Peppler said in a news release.
“When traveling to an outdoor recreation area where you will be away from your vehicle, bring with you only what you need, such as drivers license and bank/credit card, and carry on you.”
Nicer weather brings back police check stops
Police say they stopped over 100 vehicles during a check stop on 72nd Avenue and 7th Street in Grand Forks on Saturday.
One person was caught driving while prohibited and will now be in court this spring. Another driver was found without insurance and two drivers were caught without licenses. Various warnings were also given to drivers who failed to display their N or L signs or failed to produce their licenses.
Grand Forks RCMP say traffic safety remains a priority for them.
Stolen truck from Kelowna recovered
A truck parked at the end of Negraeff Road just east of Grand Forks overnight Saturday-Sunday turned out to be stolen from Kelowna.
RCMP say they collected evidence from the white Ford F450, which was swiped in Kelowna on March 1.