A grinch on the North Shore

Fire depart­ment, com­mu­nity cen­tre robbed in De­cem­ber

The Compass - - EDUCATION - BY MELISSA JENK­INS melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

For many peo­ple in New­found­land and Labrador, it was a cheer­ful Christ­mas sea­son filled with fam­ily, friends and the spirit of giv­ing.

Res­i­dents on the north shore of Con­cep­tion Bay from Kingston to Burnt Point shared an ex­pe­ri­ence that was more like a visit from the Grinch.

Three thefts in De­cem­ber from the lo­cal vol­un­teer fire hall in Adam’s Cove, the Ron­nie John­son (com­mu­nity) Cen­tre in Western Bay and a shed be­hind it, left many up­set and dis­ap­pointed that not­for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions were the tar­get of this kind of il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity.

Thou­sands of dol­lars worth of items were taken from the three sites, in­clud­ing some emer­gency fire­fight­ing equip­ment, roof­ing ma­te­ri­als and can­teen sup­plies.

There are per­sons of in­ter­est be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, an of­fi­cer of the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion de­tach­ment of the RCMP told The Com­pass.

Specifics were not re­leased by po­lice about the type of “equip­ment” that was stolen, so not to in­ter­fere with the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A spokesper­son for the North Shore Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment talked to The Com­pass Dec. 30, but re­quested to not be named due to fear of pos­si­ble re­tal­i­a­tion from those who were in­volved.

The spokesper­son said two of the build­ings — the fire hall and the com­mu­nity cen­tre — were not bro­ken into, but easi ly ac­cessed, prompt­ing the fire depart­ment to be­lieve the per­son or per­sons re­spon­si­ble had a key.

The third build­ing — a shed for stor­ing com­mu­nity cen­tre sup­plies — had the lock bro­ken. The roof­ing ma­te­ri­als were stored in the shed, as was a weed trim­mer, which was also taken.

Thefts took place over a three­week span, said the spokesper­son. The shed was ac­cessed some­time be­tween Dec 1 and 7, while the fire hall was en­tered some­time be­tween Dec 1 and 15.

The com­mu­nity cen­tre is be­lieved to have been tar­geted the night of Dec. 19.

Some tips have been re­ported to Crime Stop­pers about the thefts, the spokesper­son con­tin­ued, and some peo­ple have come for­ward say­ing items match­ing the de­scrip­tion of those taken from the shed have been of­fered to them for pur­chase.

None of the items have been re­cov­ered.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the thefts are asked to call the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP at 596-5014 or Crime Stop­pers at 1- 888- 222TIPS(8477).

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/The Com­pass

The North Shore Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment’s fire hall in Adam’s Cove was robbed this month. Here the depart­ment is seen dur­ing the Burnt Point Christ­mas pa­rade af­ter the first of three thefts oc­cured in the area.

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