A weekend break-in at a Vernon business has RCMP comparing it to a pair of other recent break, enter and thefts in the last couple of months.
Thieves cut a hole in the roof at Valhalla Pure Outfitters in the 5200 block of 24th Street early Friday morning, and made off with more than $3,000 worth of goods.
“The suspects removed numerous items including five cans of bear spray, several knives, ice axes, head lamps and a variety of watches,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk, adding the thieves appeared to have taken their time inside the building.
“There is a lot of expensive gear in the store, and they took items they can sell or get rid of quickly. The bear spray is a concern. It could be used in the back country, but in the wrong hands it could be used as offensive, prohibitive weapon.”
No alarm was triggered even though the store is equipped with one.
That fact leads RCMP to believe the suspects may have known their way about the building.
In the past couple of months, thieves cut a hole into the wall at Attridge Ski and Board Shop on 48th Avenue, and cut through the roof at the Vernon Square Starbucks.
RCMP are looking at the possibility that the three thefts are somehow connected.
“There is some possibility that all three are linked because of the way they go in and they don’t trigger an alarm,” said Molendyk. “We’d have to look and see if there are similarities. It’s three different types of businesses.”
All three robberies occurred after midnight, and all were done under cover of darkness.
Anybody with any information on the Valhalla theft, or any of the break-ins, is asked to call the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Tips can also be left on the North Okanagan Shuswap Crime Stoppers Society’s website, www.nokscrimestoppers.com.