Kelowna crime victim catches alleged crooks on camera but says cops not interested
A Kelowna crime victim is frustrated because he says RCMP don’t seem to think his case is serious enough to be taken seriously.
Wayne Skaley’s car was stolen from outside his workplace along with cash and credit cards inside the vehicle.
About a half hour later, one of the credit cards was used at a Rutland liquor store where the alleged culprits were clearly captured on surveillance cameras.
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Skaley says a staff member thought she recognized them as regular louts in the neighbourhood.
“She said she’s 99 per cent sure who the guys are,” says Skaley. “There’s a little park right beside them. She says they hang out there all the time.”
Skaley handed over the photographic evidence to the RCMP thinking it would be an easy case to crack.
“I did it in about an hour and a half and I’m not even a cop. Other than their names, I know who they are.”
But Skaley says the investigating officer brushed it off.
“He said because it costs so much money and the time involved, probably nothing will get done. I said, ‘you telling me these two guys are going to get away with this?’ He said pretty much.”
In an email response to Global Okanagan News, Kelowna RCMP media officer Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said: “Should the victim have any questions or concerns, RCMP recommend that he follow up with that investigating officer or if necessary the officer’s immediate supervisor.”
But Skaley says he’s had it with the investigating officer.
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“I finally said I’m done. He said they’ll probably get caught another time and get something then. But there’s somebody else going to be victimized now.”
Skaley did get his car back. It was abandoned on a street. It’s some relief in a frustrating situation.
“We’re just mad,” he said.
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