Cops need the com­mu­nity

The Compass - - OPINION -

Some­thing very rare - and a lit­tle un­set­tling - hap­pened in Western Bay dur­ing the early hours of July 5.

While the sev­eral hun­dred in­hab­i­tants of this tiny set­tle­ment on the shores of Con­cep­tion Bay North were asleep, two mis­cre­ants - we could use harsher words, but this is a com­mu­nity-minded pub­li­ca­tion - boldly broke into the Western Bay Phar­macy, one of only two or three busi­nesses in the com­mu­nity.

They came pre­pared with a bag of tools you might nor­mally see on a con­struc­tion site - ham­mer, saw, axe and sev­eral wreck­ing bars. They even car­ried a flash­light, and packed a lunch of pizza and juice, just in case their en­ergy ran low dur­ing their ne­far­i­ous es­capade.

They were ob­vi­ously old hands at this sort of thing, and were in search of a bounty of nar­cotics. But luck­ily, all didn’t go ac­cord­ing to plan. Af­ter trip­ping the bur­glar alarm, a neigh­bour bravely came to in­ves­ti­gate - in his bare feet, we might add - and ac­tu­ally chased away one of the rob­bers. This is not some­thing po­lice en­cour­age, but it’s still nice to know that the peo­ple of Western Bay look out for each other.

This neigh­bour’s in­ter­ven­tion seems to have foiled the rob­bers’ plans, s in c e th e y dropped their tools of the trade in their haste to es­cape the scene, and the 11 bot­tles of pills they stole from the busi­ness were also left be­hind. But it didn’t pre­vent what po­lice de­scribe as “ex­ten­sive dam­age” to the busi­ness.

How­ever, po­lice have a bounty of ev­i­dence to an­a­lyze, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors with the RCMP have iden­ti­fied two “per­sons of in­ter­est” they are keen to talk to. Po­lice would only say they are “not from the im­me­di­ate area.” There’s also a good de­scrip­tion of what’s be­lieved to be the get­away car - a dark blue Chrysler Intrepid - and a wit­ness de­scribed one of the sus­pects as a male ap­prox­i­mately six-feet-two inches tall, slight build, and wear­ing a dark ball cap and a dark track­suit.

In talk­ing with the Moun­ties last week, they con­tin­u­ally stressed the need for pub­lic as­sis­tance, and we join them in urg­ing the res­i­dents of Western Bay who may have seen some­thing out of the or­di­nary to call the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP or CrimeStop­pers. You can re­main anony­mous, and in­for­ma­tion you may think is in­nocu­ous may be the break the po­lice are look­ing for.

Did you see the get­away car? Did you no­tice some stranger walk­ing the street, per­haps stak­ing out the busi­ness? As highly trained and pro­fes­sional as the po­lice are, it truly takes a com­mu­nity ef­fort to keep this type of be­hav­iour from get­ting out of con­trol.

It’s our hope that by the time this edi­tion of The Com­pass hits the streets these two knaves have been ar­rested and charged, and have been pa­raded be­fore a judge. It would be in the best in­ter­est of us all.

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