Police are seeking tips after thousands of dollars' worth of vehicles were stolen from a Barhartvale house under renovations at the end of the Thanksgiving long weekend.
Among the items taken from the home, located in the 1400-block of Barnhartvale Road, were a black Hyundai Tiburon, a 1999 red Ford Expedition, a 2007 Polaris all-terrain vehicle, a trailer containing equipment and an excavator, according to police.
Roger Mineault, the owner of the home, says the house is currently under renovations. He left the property Monday evening (Oct. 8). When he returned Tuesday morning, the items were gone.
"They were pretty busy," he says of the thieves. "A lot of the stuff was a little bit older, but still, it's hard to replace it."
The large black trailer had contained a number of items normally in the house, says Mineault, including a Tidy Tank, air compressors and an empty gun cabinet. The family is out thousands of dollars in personal items, he adds, as well as a rental excavator, worth around $80,000.
While Mineault understands police are busy, he says he's heard about other thefts around Barnhartvale recently.
The Kamloops resident isn't sure what his family's next course of action is, as renovations on the house mean it's still not livable. He doesn't want to leave items at the site in case the thieves return.
"It's pretty upsetting," he says. "You can't leave anything alone; you feel pretty violated."
Police currently have no suspects in the case, says Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie.
Mineault isn't sure if he'll see any of the stolen goods again, but hopes his experience might serve as a warning to others.
"If nothing else, it tells other people to keep their eyes open," he says.
Shelkie says anyone with information can call police at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 250-828-3175.