Edmonton police warn about condo parkade thefts during pandemic

Apr 17 2020, 12:13 pm

The Edmonton Police Service has issued a warning after seeing more than 90 reports of vehicle break-ins in southwest Edmonton condo complexes.

The string of thefts began in January, the force said in a news release. Thieves are targeting condo parkades in Garneau, Strathcona, Ermineskin, and the Hamptons.

Laptops, phones, and purses have been stolen from inside vehicles — and bicycles have been stolen from bike lockers, police say.

“Perpetrators are gaining access to these condo parkades through various means, including open parkade garage doors, prying open side doors, lockbox break-ins and overhead door tampering,” EPS said.

Most recently, thieves have tampered with the intercom system to gain access to a building’s lobby and have taken the elevator to the parkade.

Police want to remind residents not to leave valuables in their vehicles. They’re also asking building managers to install security cameras and swipe access systems on elevators.

Anyone with information about the thefts or the suspects involved is asked to call EPS at 780-423-4567. Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.p3tips.com/250.

Megan DevlinMegan Devlin

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