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String of break-ins across Southwest

Posted on December 9, 2014 by Maple Creek

A string of break and enters in communities across the Southwest last week has RCMP searching for the thieves.

A number of businesses and organizations in Maple Creek, Shaunavon and Swift Current were burglarized between Nov. 27 and Dec. 3.

Business owners and group members were upset to arrive at their properties last Wednesday morning to find their buildings had been broken into.

In Maple Creek, the Armoury, Royal Canadian Legion and Menkos Hair Dezign were all hit.

Between the late hours of Dec. 2 and early morning hours of Dec. 3, the back door of the Armoury was forced open and suspects entered the building. Nothing was taken, but two doors were damaged.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 3, suspects gained entry to the Legion Hall by forcing open a door on the east side. The Legion safe was then forced open and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

That same morning, the back door of Menkos was forced open and a small amount of cash taken from the business.

The incidents occurred a day after a break-in at the Swift Current Mall. Police were called to the mall at 6 a.m. and discovered an undisclosed amount of jewelry had been taken from a business. Video surveillance showed two men in black clothing on the premises.

Several break and enters were also reported in Shaunavon between Nov. 27 and Dec. 3.       

During that time, the Shaunavon Elks Hall was entered and cash taken from the register. The Shaunavon Legion Hall was also broken into, but nothing taken.

Also in Shaunavon in the early hours of Nov. 28, thieves stole a running vehicle parked at the Overtime bar. Multiple vehicles and garages were broken into as well, with a number of items stolen.

The suspects may also have been responsible for the theft of tools from a garage on the 400 block of Jasper Street in Maple Creek. Sometime between 4 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 9 a.m. on Dec. 4, two pry bars, a small one-and-a-half-pound axe and a 22-ounce Estwing claw hammer were stolen.

Maple Creek RCMP and the Swift Current Forensic Identification Section are investigating the crimes. They are being investigated along with the related incidents in the surrounding area.

Anyone with information in any of these crimes is asked to contact their nearest police or RCMP detachment or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS to remain anonymous.

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