Having opened earlier this year after rising up from the ashes of a devastating 2009 fire, owners of the Royal York Golf Course in Armstrong are now dealing with a case of vandalism and possible robbery attempt.
Armstrong RCMP members were alerted to a break-in at the new clubhouse on York Avenue Friday, just after 2 a.m.
“A nearby resident saw a lone male drive into the parking lot several times before stopping and going into the clubhouse,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
It’s believed the man took a sledgehammer to a window on the west side of the clubhouse and gained entry into the building.
Police report the man tried to get into the safe but got scared off and left through the same window.
At the same time, an employee of the clubhouse was alone and working upstairs.
“As you can appreciate, this person has been very much affected by this ordeal,” said Molendyk.
An older model white truck with canopy was seen leaving the area.
The suspect is described as being between five-foot-seven and five-foot-10, thin build and his face was covered by either a mask or a bandana.
Anybody with any information on the break-in is asked to call the RCMP, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Tips can also be entered on the local Crime Stoppers’ website, www.nokscrimestoppers.com.