Rash of break-ins near Parksville resorts

Police are asking the public to report any suspicious behaviour

Police are warning residents about a string of break and enters in Parksville’s resort drive neighbourhood.

“There is someone obviously casing the area looking for cabins that appear vacant,” Oceanside RCMP Cpl. Jesse Foreman told The NEWS Friday, noting the neighbourhood is “usually quiet.”

According to police, Beach Acres and Oceanside Village Resort have fallen victim to a number of break-ins in the last two weeks.

“The suspect has looked for dark (no lights left on) cabins without a vehicle in the driveway,” states a news release issued by RCMP.

“The suspect then used a prying instrument to enter through the rear door or window.”

Police said the suspect stole “several” flat screen televisions of all sizes from wall mounts.

Investigators believe the suspect had access to a nearby vehicle.

Police are asking the public to report any suspicious behaviour in the area and ask that people consider leaving their lights on when they leave as “a cabin that shows signs of being occupied is far less likely to be targeted by thieves.”

If you have any information on these crimes please call the Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111 or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.