Rare break-in

Two sus­pected in in­ci­dent at lo­cal phar­macy

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS troberts@ cb­n­com­pass.ca

It’s hardly the Big Ap­ple. But when a big city style break and en­ter oc­curs in a quiet Con­ceptin Bay North com­mu­nity, it’s big news.

Con­vinced there are peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who have help­ful in­for­ma­tion, RCMP say, “even if they don’t think it’s im­por­tant, they should still call us.”

hese are some of the tools re­cov­ered by po­lice fol­low­ing a rare break-in at a phar­macy in Western Bay on July 5.

Po­lice say an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a rare break-in and at­tempted theft from a phar­macy in the small Con­cep­tion Bay North com­mu­nity of Western Bay is pre­sent­ing some chal­lenges.

The two sus­pects be­lieved to have car­ried out the il­le­gal act dur­ing the early hours of July 5 have so far eluded po­lice, but in­ves­ti­ga­tors said Fri­day they are clos­ing in on two “ per­sons of in­ter­est” who are “ not from the im­me­di­ate area.”

Plenty of their be­long­ings - dis­carded or dropped dur­ing the in­ci­dent at Western Bay Phar­macy - are be­ing care­fully an­a­lyzed, and po­lice say the pair likely made off in a dark blue Chrysler Intrepid.

“ These peo­ple are known to po­lice,” said Const. Vince Clark of the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion RCMP. He stressed that there is no hard ev­i­dence link­ing the two to the crime, but in­ves­ti­ga­tors are very keen on talk­ing to the pair.

“ These peo­ple are known to drive that type of ve­hi­cle,” said Clark.

Po­lice re­ceived no­tice of an alarm at the busi­ness just be­fore 5 a . m. While re­spond­ing to the scene, it was con­firmed by the owner of the busi­ness that a break and en­ter had oc­curred.

Two males were seen leav­ing the busi­ness, one on foot and the other in a dark blue sedan.

A neigh­bour who heard the alarm wit­nessed the in­ci­dent and - bare­footed - chased one of the sus­pects, po­lice say.

Dur­ing their get­away, the sus­pects left be­hind a long list of items, in­clud­ing a green and tan­coloured ROOTs back­pack con­tain­ing 11 bot­tles of pills. Some of the re­cov­ered pills in­clude di­lau did, codeine and dar­von, po­lice say.

The back­pack also con­tained two slices of ham and pineap­ple pizza, and a Del­monte tan­ger­ine juice pack. Po­lice be­lieve these items may have been pur­chased at a nearby store.

Po­lice also re­cov­ered a small blue Nike bag at the scene, which con­tained a va­ri­ety of tools - ham­mer, saw, axe and sev­eral wreck­ing bars - likely used in the break-in.

Ex­ten­sive dam­age was done to the in­side of the busi­ness.

A po­lice ser­vice dog was in­volved in a search for the sus­pects, but po­lice say poor weather ham­pered the ef­fort.

A wit­ness de­scribed one of the sus­pects as a male ap­prox­i­mately six-fee-two inches tall, slight build, and wear­ing a dark ball cap and a dark track­suit.

It’s be­lieved all the items taken from the phar­macy have been re­cov­ered.

They were cer­tainly af­ter nar­cotics,” Clark said.

He added that sim­i­lar break-ins oc­cur “ two or three times an­nu­ally” in the re­gion, but noted that it’s es­pe­cially un­set­tling in a com­mu­nity of sev­eral hun­dred res­i­dents with only a cou­ple of busi­nesses.

Po­lice have is­sued a pub­lic plea for as­sis­tance from any­one who may have in­for­ma­tion. They are asked to call the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion RCMP at 596-7766, or Crime Stop­pers anony­mously at 1-800222-8477.

“ We’re sure there’s some­one in the com­mu­nity who has some in­for­ma­tion,” said RCMP Sgt. Rick Bud­den. “ Even if they don’t think it’s im­por­tant, they should still call us.”

Photo sub­mit­ted by the RCMP

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