Five of eight Segways stolen from a Shuswap tour company have been recovered, but the theft took a financial bite out of the business’ prime summer season.
The single-person stand-up vehicles were stolen from Shuswap Unique Adventure Tours’ secure Scotch Creek compound near Chase on Thursday, May 29.
The Segways were in a horse trailer, which was also pilfered.
About a month later, according to company owner-operator Barb Rivest, Mounties recovered five of the eight Segways at a location between Falkland and Kelowna and the investigation continues.
The horse trailer was also found by police.
“Stolen Segways are not marketable,” Rivest said. “They were found in a heap of other stolen goods.”
Rivest said that while her business is running again and will continue “until the snow flies,” the lost weeks greatly affected the business’ bottom line.
“I got started about six weeks after the theft, at a lower capacity,” Rivest said. “Unfortunately, it takes a lot of time and money to get back up. People would phone and ask, ‘Are you still operating?’ Yes, we are.”
Rivest said the self-balancing scooters don’t have much value on the black market as the serial numbers are registered, meaning thieves cannot get parts or service for the machines.
“It was stupid to steal them,” Rivest said. “It cost me a lot of money and they didn’t make any money.”
At the time of the theft, RCMP estimated the horse trailer and eight Segways to be worth $60,000.
With three Segways still missing, Rivest is hoping the public will keep an eye out for the unique vehicles. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the Segways is asked to call their local police detachment.