Kelowna RCMP are investigating the theft of quite a substantial construction vehicle on Sunday night (March 19).
Early in the morning of March 20, Brendon Rempel, the project manager for the targeted Optic Court worksite, was sent photos from a movement-triggered camera that was set up in the construction zone, that showed a man stealing a 40,000 pound Skytrak Telehandler 10054.
Rempel immediately rushed down to the job site on the 2100-block of Optic Court, saw that the large orange telehandler was missing, and checked the other security cameras.
Remple said that according to the security camera footage, a hooded man entered the job site at 9:17 p.m.
Footage then shows that the man broke the window on the telehandler and started it without a key. Remple explained that equipment like that has a one size fits all key and can be easily started with a different key or even a screwdriver.
After the machine was started, the man drove it off the site and into a semi truck that was waiting down the road.
Remple said that the loaded up semi pulled away at 9:22 p.m., less than 10 minutes after the man entered the site.
Anyone with dash-cam footage on Sunday between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. from the area or along Highway 97 N is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers with file number 2023-14822.