Friday , 7 May 2021
Examples of some of the tools stolen during the break and enter. Images submitted.

Rich Lake Fire Hall broken into, $40K worth of life-saving equipment stolen

Lac La Biche RCMP are investigating a break and enter which saw valuable life-saving equipment stolen from a local fire hall.

On Tuesday afternoon at roughly 1:20pm., Lac La Biche RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter at the Fire Hall in Rich Lake.

Police attended and learned multiple items were stolen during a break and enter that occurred between November 14-17, RCMP said.

A number of unique tools were stolen from the property, which included Jaws of Life (Hydraulic Rescue Tools), pump and hoses to activate the tools, an AED, and a thermal imaging camera.

The estimated cost of the items is $40,000, RCMP said.

“These tools are essential in saving lives in emergency situations,” said Corporal Glenn Ellsworth, Lac La Biche RCMP.

“We are asking the person(s) responsible for the break and enter to do the right thing and return these items to the Fire Hall so another life can be saved.”

Lac La Biche are asking anyone who may have been in the area of the Fire Hall between November 14-17 and seen anything suspicious to contact them at 780-404-2500.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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