Surveillance photo of a pickup truck reportedly used in a June 8 break-and-enter in Errington. Oceanside RCMP say the truck has homemade white mud flaps, no front licence plate and no rear tailgate. The rear licence plate is AE 4299. (Photo courtesy Oceanside RCMP)

Surveillance photo of a pickup truck reportedly used in a June 8 break-and-enter in Errington. Oceanside RCMP say the truck has homemade white mud flaps, no front licence plate and no rear tailgate. The rear licence plate is AE 4299. (Photo courtesy Oceanside RCMP)

RCMP: Suspects using stolen pickups pilfer booze, cash from Errington businesses

One truck recovered, second still missing

Oceanside RCMP officials say suspects have used stolen pickup trucks to commit two recent overnight business break-and-enters in Errington.

At approximately 4:40 a.m. on May 30, RCMP responded to a business alarm in the 1400 block of Alberni Highway in Errington. Officers arrived to find the front doors of the business pried open, with large amounts of liquor stolen.

At approximately 3:30 a.m. on June 8, Oceanside RCMP responded to another business alarm in the same area. Officers arrived to find the business front doors pried open and cash stolen.

Surveillance video was reviewed in both incidents and investigators determined stolen pickup trucks were used by the suspects in both offences.

The truck in the first incident was recovered later the same morning on Price Road in Errington.

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The truck in the second incident has not yet been located and is a 2004 Ford F-350, stolen in Lantzville between June 6 and June 7, 2022. The pickup truck has homemade white mud flaps, no front licence plate and no rear tailgate. The rear licence plate is AE 4299.

Oceanside RCMP Sgt. Shane Worth asked anyone who has information about the incidents, such as dash cam video, or sees who the stolen truck, to contact the detachment at 250-248-6111.

“Also, if you are someone who is regularly out and about in the overnight and early morning hours and see something or someone suspicious, please call us so we can check it out,” said Worth

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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