Maple Ridge fire department offers reward for hot laptop

Computer knicked from one of its red pickup trucks last month

  • Aug. 3, 2012 1:00 p.m.

The Maple Ridge Fire Department is offering a$500 reward for the return of a Panasonic laptop that was stolen from one of their pickup trucks.

The Maple Ridge fire department is offering a reward for the return of a laptop that was stolen from one of its pickup trucks in July.

The Panasonic laptop was taken sometime between 4 and 5 a.m. July 21 while the truck was getting serviced at the West Coast Ford dealership on Lougheed Highway.

Assistant fire chief Mark Smitton said the laptop looks like the ones installed in police cars. It does not contain sensitive or personal information.

“It is pretty worthless to people. If we can get it back, it can save us some money,” he added.

“We’d like to get it off the street.”

The fire department is offering a $500 reward for the CF31 Panasonic Laptop, serial number ICKSB61517

• The laptop can be dropped off at Fire Hall No. 1, located at 22708 Brown Avenue in Maple Ridge. Phone: 604-463-5880.

 

House B&E

An antique box with money was stolen Tuesday during a break-in at a house in Pitt Meadows.

The house was broken into sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. on July 21 through an unlocked door.

Residents were asleep inside and not aware someone had entered their house.

The thieves took the box, which contained an undisclosed amount of cash and personal items.

“This theft is particularly alarming, as thieves do not normally enter occupied homes,” said Supt. Dave Walsh.

“A majority of residential break-ins occur during daylight hours, when the occupants are out, not in the middle of the night, when citizens are usually inside. In this case it appears the thief, or thieves, were able to find an unlocked door and decided to commit the crime.”

Police want to remind citizens to lock their doors at all times, even when inside.

Also make sure windows on the ground floor or those that can be access by an intruder are secure.

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