Brazen thief watching as Beaver Lake park users hide valuables in their car

Between 3 and 4 p.m. on Monday, three cars had their windows smashed and valuable items hidden out of sight in the trunk stolen, including a Macbook laptop computer, wallets, purses and a briefcase.

  • Sep. 27, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Be careful who’s watching when you store valuables in the trunk of your car.

A brazen thief stole high-value items from three vehicles parked during a very busy time at Beaver Lake Park.

Between 3 and 4 p.m. on Monday, three cars had their windows smashed and valuable items hidden out of sight in the trunk stolen, including a Macbook laptop computer, wallets, purses and a briefcase.

Police believe the thief is watching people park and put items in their trunk, said Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen.

He suggests leaving any valuable items at home and keep your photo ID on you.

“We believe the thief was aware of the high-value items and thought it was worth the risk (breaking in to vehicles) in a high-traffic area,” Jantzen said.

This time last year, Saanich police reported nine similar break-ins at Mount Douglas Park, Elk Lake, Beaver Lake and Gyro Park.

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