On November 1st, 2016 shortly before 7:00 pm, a pair of suspects entered 6 unsecure vehicles at the BC Ferries Long Harbour Terminal parking area. A 2015 Ford F150 (with the keys left inside) was stolen from the lot, and recovered by police on November 2nd, 2016, near the BC Ferries Fulford Terminal on Salt Spring Island. With the assistance of BC Ferries Security Operations Centre staff, it has been determined that the pair of suspects disembarked as foot passengers at Swartz Bay (Sidney) at 7:50 pm on November 1st from an inbound Salt Spring ferry. They then boarded a vessel bound for Tsawwassen Terminal, disembarking in Tsawwassen at 10:40 pm.
The pair are believed to have been in possession of a large black coloured plastic compound bow case, which police suspect contained a compound bow with 24 arrows, and a 22 cal. Rifle. These items were improperly stored inside the truck stolen/recovered on Salt Spring Island. No ammunition is believed to have been taken.
Anytime that firearms fall into the wrong hands, it is of concern to police. Along with investigating the pair of suspects in this theft, officers are also investigating the apparent unsecure storage of the firearms prior to their theft, states Cpl. Darren Lagan of the Salt Spring Island RCMP. Islanders are reminded to secure their vehicles and remove their keys, to prevent becoming the victim of theft.
The suspects are described as:
Suspect #1 - Caucasian male, short hair (shaved sides with Mohawk strip), approximately 6 feet tall, athletic build, wearing a light blue jacket over a navy coloured hooded sweatshirt and salmon coloured pants with white running shoes.
Suspect #2 – Female, Fair complexion, long dark coloured hair, 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 4 inches tall, wearing a dark jacket over a blue coloured hooded sweatshirt, light blue jeans, black running shoes with pink laces.
Salt Spring Island RCMP have notified Lower Mainland Police agencies of this theft, and the last known location of the suspects. Anyone with information on the identity of the pair is urged to contact the Salt Spring Island RCMP at 250-537-5555, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Cpl. Darren LAGAN
Salt Spring Island RCMP