Thursday , 21 October 2021

Bonnyville RCMP investigating rash of break and enters to businesses

Bonnyville RCMP is investigating a rash of break and enters this month.

Around 8:30 am on April 9, suspects stole fuel from Precision Machining and Manufacturing on Range Road 461.

The vehicle used in the theft matches the description of a break and enter the following morning at the Esso gas station in Bonnyville on 50th Ave.

The suspects backed a Ford flat deck into the west door of the Esso and stole consumable items.

Overnight on Apr. 10, a Ford F-250 was taken from Kal-Tire. The rear glass window of the canopy is likely smashed as they backed out of the compound smashing the gate with the rear of the vehicle, said Sgt. Kim Hillier. The license plate is BZL 4756.

“We’ve had a few people out breaking into places. We’re doing extra patrols but we also need the community to be aware of any suspicious activity around closed businesses and closed buildings during the night. If vehicles shouldn’t be there, we’d prefer if you report it right away and let us do our jobs and go over there and have a look,” said Sgt. Hillier.

The week before, the RCMP received several calls about break and enters.

On Apr. 2, five particulate filters were stolen from Lifting Solutions. The value of these filters is roughly $40,000. RCMP caution that if a citizen sees someone trying to sell these filters secondhand to be aware they could be stolen.

On Mar. 29, a Fountain Tire employee reported that the fence was cut and tires were taken from the yard.

On April. 1, the Town reported that two vehicles had been damaged in their maintenance yard where catalytic converters were cut off a sterling truck and a Ford F-250 truck.

Also on April 1, Apex Valve Services reported that a white 2007 Ford F-250 was stolen from their property. A shed and additional vehicle were broken into as well.

If anyone has information about these break-ins or thefts, they are urged to call the Bonnyville RCMP at 780-343-7200.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.