Riverdale sees spate of car thefts

Riverdale sees spate of car thefts In less than two weeks, four vehicles have been reported missing or stolen in Whitehorse. Three of the reports came from Riverdale.

In less than two weeks, four vehicles have been reported missing or stolen in Whitehorse.

Three of the reports came from Riverdale.

The first vehicle was reported stolen on July 13 and recovered the next day, at the Mile 10 area of Long Lake Road, burnt to a crisp.

The following weekend a black Dodge Dakota was stolen from Lewes Boulevard as well as a Nissan Altima from Teslin Road. The RCMP are continuing to search for those vehicles.

Across from the airport, police recovered a blue 1994 Pontiac Firebird which had been reported stolen, after a concerned citizen called in suspicious activity. They are currently searching for the registered owner.

In each case the cars were properly secured, and the perpetrators were able to hot-wire them.

Yukon RCMP Const. Dean Hoogland doesn’t believe the thefts are linked, other than being clustered in the Riverdale area.

“There’s no real rhyme or reason to it,” he said, adding that the frequency of car thefts can rise in the summer months.

“It can be quiet for awhile and all of a sudden you’ll get activity on a weekend.”

Hoogland reminded the public to remove valuables from their vehicles and keep them properly secured. He also mentioned taking extra security measures, such as a steering wheel lock.

The investigations are ongoing and the public is encouraged to call in with any tips or additional information.

(Sam Riches)

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