Weekend car-crime spree hits Abbotsford

There was a rash of car thefts in Abbotsford over the weekend – 10 in total.

There was a rash of car thefts in Abbotsford over the weekend – 10 in total.

Combined with another 20 thefts from vehicles (approximately), it made cars and trucks popular targets for thieves.

Although the thefts took place all weekend, none were from church parking lots, where thieves found three victims on the Sunday prior.

Abbotsford Police Chief Ian MacDonald said churches had security people keeping an eye on their parking lots on Sunday, and police coordinated patrols to also watch church lots.

MacDonald said it is not out of the ordinary to have two or three car thefts over a weekend, but 10 was a spike.

He said one of the stolen vehicles should have been difficult to steal. It was a newer model Dodge that required a key fob with a computer chip in it to start the engine, and all the keys were accounted for.