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RCMP says camping gear ‘hot commodity’ for Campbell River thieves

Campbell River campgrounds are becoming a hotspot for thieves.

RCMP Const. Maury Tyre says campers in the area need to be especially vigilant to ensure their items are adequately locked.

“Would-be thieves can be quite resourceful at snapping cheaper locks and chains,” Tyre said. “Items such as bicycles, generators, and other camping gear appear to be hot commodities on the black market.”

Tyre stressed that it’s extremely important that owners keep serial numbers of their valuables, which makes them much more difficult to re-sell.

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The latest theft came over the weekend at Elk Falls Campground.

Sometime overnight between July 4th and 5th, someone stoke this mountain bike from the Elk Falls Campground. 
It’s a specialized Bighit 2 downhill bike, with a medium frame and 26 x 2.3 wheels. (Supplied by the Campbell River RCMP)

Campers lost their red and white Specialized mountain bike while they slept on the night of July 4th, 2020.

Tyre said the full-suspension specialized mountain bike “was the prized possession of a young man who had worked very hard to be able to acquire it.”

“We would very much appreciate the public’s help to locate it,” Tyre added. “Unfortunately, the folks who steal such items seem to have very little restraint in what they are doing and bike thefts keep occurring in rather brazen fashion.”

The bike is described as:

  • specialized Big Hit 2
  • full suspension
  • front and rear disc brakes
  • 26″ tires
  • red and white in colour

If you have any information regarding this or any other theft, you’re asked to contact the Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221. 

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