Some people on the southwest coast have been having car trouble recently.
At least three vehicles have been stolen in the Codroy Valley in approximately the last three weeks according to Sergeant Dale Foote with the Port aux Basques RCMP detachment.
Wanda Pope was the most recent victim in the string of thefts.
On Thursday, the RCMP arrested at 16-year-old youth from Port aux Basques for stealing her vehicle. The youth will be charged with theft of a motor vehicle, theft under $5,000 and driving without a licence. Officers recovered the vehicle.
The theft happened while Ms. Pope was visiting her sister on the night of Aug. 31.
“It was in plain view from the living room where we were sitting,” she said about her car.
At about 11:30 p.m., Ms. Pope said her sister heard a noise and asked what it was.
“When I looked ... I said, ‘Oh my God, my car,’” said Ms. Pope.
And off her car went. She said she didn’t get a chance to see anyone because it was dark outside. After the theft, Ms. Pope called the police and waited for them to arrive.
At about 4 p.m. on Sept. 1, the RCMP recovered her car and took it to the detachment to collect evidence.
Ms. Pope chuckled sheepishly and admitted the keys were in the ignition when her car was stolen.
“I guess I’m just too trusting, but I can sure tell you I’ve learned my lesson because I don’t want to go through this again,” she said.
The two other vehicles were also recovered, one with minor damages and one with no damage. One vehicle was found in a ditch on a side road and the other parked on a dirt road in the Codroy Valley.
Forensic investigators came to remove fingerprints and look for evidence that might lead officers to anyone, said Sgt. Foote.
“We’re still waiting for those analyses to be done,” he said.
In each case, keys were left in the vehicles, said Sgt. Foote.
He said there are some people of interest, but the matter is still under investigation.
Car trouble has been present in Port aux Basques too.
Over the past few weeks, things have been stolen from vehicles, said Sgt. Foote. He said items being stolen include iPod docks, iPods and wallets among other items.
“There hasn’t been anyone picking locks or breaking windows,” he said. “So it’s a situation where the vehicles aren’t being locked.”
According to Sgt. Foote, the thefts are happening late at night.
“We’re using all of the resources we have to follow up with our leads,” he said.