“Break & enters, and theft, continue to be a large problem,” Constable Leslie Rice, with the Cold Lake RCMP Detachment says there were three B&Es in a three day span in Cold Lake.
The first was a cabinetry business, on September 30th. Cst. Rice says it appears a crowbar was used to gain entry. Approximately $12,000 in tools were stolen. The case is still be investigated.
The second incident on September 30th happened at Cold Lake Florists. A side window was smashed and the suspect gained entry through the back, by moving a garbage can to gain access to the window. A small amount of money and some jewelry was taken.
On October 2nd, there was an attempted B&E at the Veterinary Clinic. The suspect removed the screen in an attempt to gain entry with a crowbar. The window was undamaged, however the screen did how some damage. There was a crowbar found near the business.
“We can’t say it’s the crowbar that was used [in all three cases], but it is consistent with the other cases,” explains Cst. Rice, “it’s three businesses in the downtown area. They are very close to each other and it appears to be the same method, but we can’t say if they are related, at this time.”
If you have information on any or all of these crimes contact the Cold Lake Detachment at 780-594-3302.