West Broadway residents concerned after rash of thefts

Some people are spooked after a rash of thefts occurred in West Broadway this week.

Barbecues, a bike and canoe among items robbed from neighbourhood earlier this week

Barbecues, a bike and canoe among items robbed from neighbourhood earlier this week. CBC's Kiran Dhillon reports. 2:08

Some people are spooked after a rash of thefts occurred in West Broadway this week.

Kinsey Lysy is one of those to suffer at the hands of a group of thieves that ransacked the Spence Street and Balmoral Avenue-area Tuesday night.

Lysy’s $700 canoe was snatched from the top of her truck.

She said some of her neighbours were also affected, several losing barbecues to the thieves, while another had a $600 bicycle stolen.

One of her neighbours even had an old vacuum in their yard taken.

“It wasn't even a good vacuum, she just had it outside and they took that, too," she said.

One of Lysy's neighbours said they saw a minivan with four people in it do a sweep of Spence St.

"There was a minivan that stole from everybody pretty much along this strip on the back lane," said Lysy, who has since filed a report with police.

"We're not bad people," she said. "I know this is, like, West Broadway, but … we're trying to make this a nice area to live."

Police said the investigation is ongoing and put out a warning earlier in the week following a spike in vehicle break-ins.