Car­bon ral­lies for busi­ness owner

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

Res­i­dents of Car­bon are band­ing to­gether to sup­port a lo­cal busi­ness owner to se­cure his store and keep him in busi­ness.

Andy Kim owns the Car­bon Gro­cery Store on Caradoc Av­enue. His store has been bro­ken into on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions over the year, and he has been the vic­tim of theft on a cou­ple of in­stances.

In fact, over Sun­day night it was reported the store was a vic­tim of crime again. A truck chained up and pulled the door open caus­ing ex­ten­sive dam­ages.

The Car­bon Li­brary is plan- ning a block party to raise funds to help se­cure Kim’s store.

“It is for ev­ery­body in the com­mu­nity and the sur­round­ing ar­eas,” said Holly Laf­fin of the Car­bon Li­brary, “It’s the se­cu­rity block party for our gro­cery store.”

She said they are mail­ing let­ters to all res­i­dents in Car­bon to gar­ner sup­port from the com­mu­nity.

She says it ap­pears that the cul­prits case the prop­erty dur­ing the day and then re­turn at night.

“We don’t want to lose him,” said Laf­fin. “When we talked

to him (Kim) we could tell he is at his wit's end. We just want him to have a bet­ter se­cu­rity sys­tem so he is not robbed any­more and doesn’t end up sell­ing his store or just clos­ing down.”

They are hop­ing to raise funds to pur­chase a new cig­a­rette case, metal fram­ing and roll-up door to se­cure liquor and to­bacco.

She adds there is a frus­tra­tion in the com­mu­nity not only with these break-ins but also re­cent thefts of trucks and other crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity that ap­pears to be tar­get­ing smaller com­mu­ni­ties.

The block party goes on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 7 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Through­out the af­ter­noon, they will be sell­ing hot dogs and chili­dogs right out­side the store to raise funds.

Neigh­bours as­sess dam­ages af­ter the most re­cent break-in to the Car­bon Gro­cery store early Mon­day morn­ing.

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