Thefts and Parking Lot Crimes Increase in Dryden


(DRYDEN, ON) – Similar to Thunder Bay, Dryden is also experiencing a rise in “crimes of opportunity”, likely related to rising drug addiction issues.
Below is the media release from the Dryden Police Service regarding their ongoing issues. Note, the parking lot incidents and thefts from vehicles which are rampant in Thunder Bay.
PUBLIC WARNING – Thefts from Vehicles Increase in Dryden This Week.
The Dryden Police Service is warning the public concerning a rash of thefts from vehicles this past week and reminding citizens not to leave items including loose change or other types of valuables in their vehicles. Other tips include always locking your vehicle, parking in well-lit areas, and calling police immediately if you observe suspicious activity in your yard or neighboring properties. Reports of vehicles being entered and rummaged through have occurred at the Best Western Parking Lot on August 24, 2019. On August 28, 2019, numerous vehicles located on Victoria Street, Wilde Street and Pitt Ave were reported being entered and rummaged through. On August 29, 2019, reports from the Taylor Street, St. Charles Street and St. Charles Drive of additional vehicles being entered and rummaged through. In all of these incidents there is no forced entry reported.
PUBLIC WARNING – Distraction Theft at Walmart
On August 28th, 2019, the Dryden Police received a report of Distraction Theft that occurred in the Walmart parking lot between 3:00 pm -3:30 pm. The victim reported being approached by two individuals, one male and one female, both of Eastern Descent speaking poor English. The male engaged in a conversation with the victim while the female removed the victim’s purse from the cart. The two suspects left the area very quickly.
The male is described as being 5 feet, 10 inches tall, shaved head, 1-2 day stubble on his face, and of average build. The female is described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall, average build, wearing grey pants and a grey shirt. The victim reported that the entire encounter happened very quickly.
If you have any information with regards to these incidents, you are asked to call the Dryden Police Service or Crime Stoppers.