RCMP warns public to protect businesses, homes from theft | DrumhellerMail
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RCMP warns public to protect businesses, homes from theft

break-ins.jpgMultiple break and enters have occurred in Drumheller's downtown district in the last few months and the RCMP say there is a need to increase security. Both Cafe Italiano and Reptile World were broken into twice since January, as well as break and enters at the Diosa Spa, Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce, Express Laundromat, Drumheller Inn, Annick’s Spa and the list goes on.“A criminal is looking for a business that is secluded, no lights, no alarm and an entry that is out of sight,” Hopkins said.Whether the criminal is acting deliberately or at random is something Hopkins said the police need to confirm through investigation of evidence such as fingerprints, photographs, and video surveillance.“Call into the detachment if you see or hear anything, we need to communicate as a community and look out for one another,” Hopkins says, “Crime Stoppers can also be contacted if you want to be anonymous.” Recently the Drumheller RCMP and Crime Stoppers did a crime scene reenactment in Carbon of the break and enter at the Carbon Motel. The reenactment can be viewed at www.crimestoppers.org.On Tuesday, February 3, Carbon Motel was broken into by four unidentified males and robbed of alcohol and cash that they loaded into a stolen vehicle.Owner of Cafe Italiano, Sylvia Madsen, has spent a fortune out of her own pocket to make sure her store is secure after two theft attempts, one being successful in stealing food and cash. “It affects us all,” Madsen said adding, “it would be nice if the community would all help out their neighbours.”After the first break in at Cafe Italiano in January, Madsen put in a security system and new lighting to prevent future thefts, yet another attempt was made but failed to steal anything.The thief was caught running out the back door by the owner's husband Dalton Madsen, after smashing a hole through the door to gain entry and setting off the security alarm. “It’s not only a matter of money,” owner of Reptile World Dave Bethel says, who also has had two break-ins at his store, “my concern is for the safety of the animals here who live in a controlled environment.”Reptile World was broken into and the cash register robbed. After the incident Bethel increased the security on the premises“If these windows get smashed and it’s 20 below outside, a majority of these animals would die.” Bethel said.The multiple acts of theft in Drumheller are under heavy investigation and if you have any information, contact the RCMP dispatch at 403-823-2630 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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