Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Thieves Looking for Big Scores with Stolen Truck Tailgates: B.C. Police

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Thieves Looking for Big Scores with Stolen Truck Tailgates: B.C. Police

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Thieves targeting trucks for tailgates: police

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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Truck owners in four Vancouver-area communities are being warned about thieves targeting vehicles for their pricey tailgates.

Const. Ian MacDonald of the Abbotsford Police Department says over 80 tailgates have been stolen in the city since early 2016 as well as in Mission, Chilliwack and Langley.

Charges have been laid against one man in connection to three thefts, and MacDonald says Abbotsford police are working with other jurisdictions to find more suspects.

The bulky pieces of metal may seem difficult to steal, but MacDonald says the act of lowering a tailgate is unlikely to draw much suspicion from onlookers.

He says once the gate is lowered, it's relatively easy for someone to cut cables and lift the piece from a vehicle. …

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