- BC Games
Connect with Us
Break-ins plague Duncan businesses
It’s always a good start to the work day when your office space hasn’t been broken into.
That’s the recent thinking of Cowichan Energy Alternatives’ Brian Roberts, anyway.
The non-profit society’s executive director said their workspace located on Station Street has been broken into four times between Aug. 6 and 12.
“It’s completely messed me,” said Roberts Thursday, happy the building, which also holds space for the Cowichan Land Trust as well as other services and businesses, hasn’t shown any sign of entry since the last incident Monday.
Roberts guessed the value of what was taken from the numerous robberies was between $8,000 to $10,000. The unusual piece to the puzzle is how the culprit(s) gained access.
“We’re not really too sure,” said Roberts. “We’ve been locking up the building as we always do. There’s never been signs of forced entry.”
Although Roberts didn’t want to get into specifics or conspiracy theories, he noted the office space’s security is due for an upgrade.
He’s miffed about items thieves took, which likely don’t mean anything to them, but lots to his non-profit.
“It’s kind of in your face,” he said, noting equipment like computers, cameras and monitors on the list, but worse, personal items like day-timers, project files, and receipts.
He’s assured members of the society none of their personal information has been compromised.
In the meantime, he’s asking anyone with information about the robberies to contact police.
Any donations to the society would also be much appreciated.
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP have been notified of the break ins and are currently investigating.
Thieves work for four hours
Meanwhile, the same detachment’s requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect responsible for a B&E at the Barton Insurance Office at 102-109 Trans Canada Hwy on July 12.
“The suspect gained entry to the building by breaking into a vacant neighbouring unit at 3:04 a.m. and then using tools to break through an interior wall into the business,” states a press release.
The suspect was in the unit for four hours.
“Some cash was stolen from the business and building repairs are estimated to exceed $4,000. The suspect’s image was captured by surveillance camera’s in the area.”
The suspect is described as a white male, slim build, brown medium length hair, wearing a black leather jacket, black hoody, black hat, and white shoes.
Tips can be called into the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment at 250-748-5522 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).