Sum­mer­side tram­po­line park bur­glar­ized

Busi­ness owner of­fer­ing re­ward for in­for­ma­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY COLIN MA­CLEAN

“We’re a small busi­ness just like ev­ery­body else, try­ing to bring some­thing pretty cool to Sum­mer­side … Then some­body turns around and does that. It’s frus­trat­ing.” Steve Dar­rach

An­other Sum­mer­side area busi­ness is re­port­ing a break-in and theft.

Steve Dar­rach, co-owner of Off the Wallz tram­po­line park in Sle­mon Park, is­sued a state­ment on so­cial me­dia Wed­nes­day say­ing that his busi­ness had been bro­ken into the pre­vi­ous night. A glass pane on a metal door was smashed to gain en­try.

Dar­rach said this is the sec­ond break-in since it opened in De­cem­ber. He in­stalled se­cu­rity cam­eras af­ter the first in­ci­dent; now he plans to in­stall a full alarm sys­tem.

To be burl­gar­ized twice in only eight months of op­er­a­tion is dis­ap­point­ing, he added.

“We’re a small busi­ness just like ev­ery­body else, try­ing to bring some­thing pretty cool to Sum­mer­side … Then some­body turns around and does that. It’s frus­trat­ing.”

The video cam­eras did record the in­ci­dent, but the per­pe­tra­tor is cov­ered by a hooded jacket or sweat­shirt. The video is on Dar­rach’s Face­book page and is be­ing widely shared.

The only thing stolen in both in­ci­dents was cash. He de­clined to say how much was taken in the most re­cent in­ci­dent but did say that it was enough to set the busi­ness back a few days.

The East Prince RCMP is in­ves­ti­gat­ing. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact the de­tach­ment of­fice.

Dar­rach is also of­fer­ing a cash re­ward worth dou­ble what was stolen to any­one who pro­vides in­for­ma­tion used by po­lice to make a suc­cess­ful pros­e­cu­tion.

He’s do­ing that be­cause he has no pa­tience for peo­ple who take from oth­ers, rather than earn­ing them­selves, he said.

“I re­ally don’t like thieves. It’s one of my big­gest pet peeves.”

A sim­i­lar in­ci­dent oc­curred at the Pad­dle Shack busi­ness on Wa­ter Street ear­lier this month, where a win­dow was smashed to gain en­try.

In that case, more than $5,000 worth of sport­ing goods and elec­tron­ics was stolen.

All the items were re­cov­ered a few days later af­ter the theft was cov­ered in the me­dia and shared widely on so­cial me­dia.

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