Photo Credit: Megan Wakefield
Sometime during the late evening and early morning hours of Tuesday, September 12th, three Bonnyville businesses were broken into. Sgt. Sarah Parke, with the Bonnyville RCMP Detachment confirms that Goose Mechanical, the Shaw House (Bonnyville & District Chamber of Commerce) and the construction site of the new Tim Horton’s (Highway 28 and 60th Avenue) were broken into.
“Around 4:30 am, Goose Mechanical on main street, west end of town was broken in,” confirms Sgt Parke, who adds that the business had an alarm system that was triggered and security footage of the break in. “Two suspects broke a glass door and stole some light bars, harness, and equipment. From the Goose parking lot, they stole a brown Dodge 3500 truck.” The truck is described as having black rims and the plastic cap from tailgate was missing.
There was also a break-in to the Shaw House, which is home to the Bonnyville & District Chamber of Commerce. Chamber employee Megan Wakefield, says that some cash was stolen, “they took our petty cash and our deposit book.” It is believe that the thieves made off with around $1,000 in cash, after breaking the glass front door of the building. “It’s more of a valiation of your space than anything else,” Wakefield says Chamber employees were shocked to see the broken glass this morning when they arrived for work.
Also on the west-end of Bonnyville, on 60th Avenue, the construction site of the new Tim Horton’s Restaurant was broken into. “On that work site a trailer was broken into,” confirms Sgt. Parke, “tools were taken, like jackhammers and other construction related tools.”
RCMP cannot definitely confirm that all three of these incidents are related; however it is likely, explains Parke, “everything is still unfolding. We don’t have anything to necessarily indicate that [they are related], right now. But we do know that when suspects break into one place, they often hit more than one place at a time. It’s very possible that they are all related, we’re working on the investigation to determine that.”
The RCMP reminds businesses and people to take security measures to help deter or prevent theft; such as not leaving valuables in vehicles unattended and utilizing a security system.
If anyone has information on this crime you can contact the Bonnyville RCMP at 780-343-7200 or crimestoppers.net.