Cops need the community
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.