Horn honking helps victim of thieves

Police are summoned to scene of crime by quick-thinking resident who witnessed theft of ATV.

When a Salmon Arm homeowner witnessed thieves stealing his all-terrain vehicle, he figured the best way to get help was to get noisy.

Seeing the thieves drive away, he jumped into his car and followed them, honking his horn in order to get people to call police. It worked.

Just after midnight on Monday, Jan. 25, Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a report of a vehicle honking its horn as it traveled on the city’s southeast side. Officers went to Old Auto Road and Seventh Avenue SE, where they found the owner.

He showed police a Mazda pick-up truck and utility trailer sticking out of a snowbank at the side of the road. He explained that when he began following the two suspects, they sped away and eventually lost control of the truck. They were last seen fleeing into a wooded area on foot, but police couldn’t find them.

The investigation revealed that the stolen quad had been loaded onto a stolen trailer being towed by a stolen pick-up truck. All three had been stolen from different people in separate locations around the city.

The ATV and trailer were returned to their owners undamaged. The stolen truck did not fare so well as a result of the crash.

“We recommend that you lock your cars and trucks, invest in a locking device for your trailers, lock up your ATVs and keep them out of sight. Doing any or all of these things makes it harder for thieves to target you or your property,” said Staff Sergeant Scott West.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Salmon Arm RCMP at 250-832-6044 or, to report anonymously, Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Salmon Arm Observer