Furniture stolen in a stolen truck

Update: The stolen truck has been recovered. McHale-Annett tells Castanet the truck was found in West Kelowna late Monday night. (10:52 a.m. Tuesday)

Someone went to a lot of trouble to steal from a non-profit group in the South Okanagan.

More than a dozen pieces of furniture were stolen from a warehouse used to house items purchased by the Penny Lane Bargain Outlet in Summerland.

The theft took place between 11 p.m. Sunday night and 6 a.m. Monday morning.

Business operations manager, Erin McHale-Annett, says to add insult to injury, the thief or thieves also stole the business's delivery truck in order to haul away the stolen furniture.

“We run two non-profit retail stores in Summerland, one that sells clothes and one that sells furniture. We help finance programs throughout the year. We sponsor a breakfast club, the youth centre and we put jackets on kids when the weather gets cold,” says McHale-Annett.

She says the delivery cube truck has the company's logo all over it and if anyone sees it, they should contact the RCMP right away.

“It's your basic U-Haul style white van. The company's logo is white lettering inside a burgundy oval. We seldom ever drive it outside of Summerland. If anyone sees it, please call in its location to the police.”

McHale-Annett says the police are investigating the theft.

“It looks like someone broke the locks at the warehouse, loaded up the truck and then drove off. The keys were not in the truck, so they would have had to force start it somehow.”

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