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Thursday , 15 April 2021
This image was captured from the surveillance system at the Mallaig Fire Hall. The building was broken in to and had a number of items stolen between Dec. 21 and Jan. 3. Thieves also targeted the Ashmont Fire Hall.

Break-ins at Mallaig and Ashmont Fire Halls

The Ashmont and Mallaig fire halls were both targeted by thieves in break ins between Dec. 21 and Jan. 3.

Surveillance from the Mallaig fire hall shows a white truck and an individual with a red hoodie and a plaid shirt or coat.

This truck was captured on surveillance at the Mallaig Fire Hall
A suspect seen on surveillance at the Mallaig Fire Hall

According to RCMP the break ins are still under investigation but the stolen items include

  • Two 1.5 amp 20 volt batteries
  • Two 5 amp 20 volt batteries
  • 3/8 20-volt drill
  • 20 volt reciprocating saw
  • Booster cables
  • Security system recording device
  • Halogen pry bar

County of St. Paul Council discussed the break ins at their Jan. 12 meeting, with CAO Sheila Kitz reporting that the Mallaig Fire Hall was broken in to on the same night as their Public Works maintenance building in Ashmont.

“It’s really disappointing that people break into these types of buildings,” said Kitz.

She said the administration is now in the process of getting quotes for new security systems and has received some indication from their insurance provider that premiums would be reduced by a percentage if the systems were updated.

“They [the thieves] took the card so we wouldn’t be able to see which vehicle had been there,” said Kitz.

According to Director of Community Services Tim Mahdiuk, the county is filing claims with their insurance company for the stolen property and the damages.

“It looks like our total claims will be about $7,000 to $8,000 per incident, less our $5,000 deductible. So we might get $2,000 to $3,000 back per incident,” said Mahdiuk, noting they are not able to include the staff time spent filing the claims. “But it does take a lot of time,” he said.

About Meredith Kerr

Meredith Kerr moved to St. Paul for a career in journalism and morning radio in 2014 expecting to stay for six months to a year. Since then, she has put down roots in the form of a husband, a mortgage, two babies, and a poorly behaved dog. She continues to work as a reporter until such time as she finishes her book and becomes fabulously wealthy from the royalties. Meredith also serves as a member at large on the St. Paul Library Board and volunteers as a Beaver leader for the 1st St. Paul Scout Group.