Lumby RCMP are investigating a rash of commercial break, enter and thefts in the village.
Sometime prior to the night of Nov. 22, thieves broke into the new Sister’s Restaurant at 1920 Vernon Street and stole a cash float and the entire metal floor safe.
“The suspects apparently used a furniture dolly to haul the safe away,” said Lumby RCMP Cpl. Henry Proce.
“The tracks led to the rear of an apartment building at 2156 Shuswap Avenue.”
That same night, Love Cappaccino’s at 1813 Vernon Street was also broken into.
Consumable products were stolen from the freezer. The rear door had been removed from its hinges.
“This is very similar M.O. to a break and enter at Ana’s Pizza a month ago where a door was also removed from its hinges,” said Proce.
Police believe a break-in at Hubert’s Restaurant’s rear shed the same evening, at 1823 Vernon Street, is related to the other break-ins as the door itself was removed intact.
Two nights later, during the early hours of Nov. 24, thieves broke into Sister’s Restaurant yet again, stole the cash float again, as well as cash out of the general office and the store’s candy machine.
The candy machine was located later in the day in Bessette Creek by the salmon trail.
“These small businesses operate on a very small profit margin and crimes like this have a profound affect on the bottom line,” said Proce.
Police are actively investigating these crimes and would appreciate any information from the general public.
If you have information about these incidents, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or the Lumby RCMP at 547-2151.