Following last week’s break and enter at the Salmo Hotel cold beer and wine store, the village detachment is asking for help to identify the male perpetrator.
At 4 a.m. on Nov. 5 a lone male broke into the Fourth Street store through a locked front door, according to Cpl. Riordan Bellman, of the Salmo Kootenay Boundary regional detachment.
The man was in the store for a few minutes, giving him time to steal cigarettes and liquor before exiting the location through the same front door.
A property representative and police attended the scene but a suspect was not apprehended.
Police have seized a copy of the store’s surveillance tape and if anyone has information, they are asked to contact the Salmo RCMP at 357-2212 or Crimestoppers.
Another open case in the village, is the theft of a soldier’s helmet that was pried off the Cenotaph outside the Salmo Legion mid-September.
No new information has surfaced on a possible suspect(s), confirmed Bellman.
Irma Browning, with the Legion, said that one of their members first noticed the theft on Sept. 13, and the helmet had been there the previous day.
The helmet was affixed to the Cenotaph by one inch by quarter inch steel, and was pried off for reasons not known.
The helmet was in the style used in the First Word War until the end of the Korean war, said Browning.
“This helmet could have belonged to a brave soldier,” she said, adding, “Be brave and courageous and return it to the Legion. Leave it at the front steps and we will not ask any questions.”
Even with the help of a forensics identification team from Nelson, incidents involving deliberate damage to Salmo village property during the summer months remain unsolved.
“No suspects have been identified,” said Bellman.
Charges have been forwarded on a female youth regarding graffiti vandalism, he explained.
“But in relation to other damage no suspects have been identified,” Bellman continued. “But the case can always be re-opened if somebody is.”
Mayor Anne Henderson issued a notice to Salmo and area residents in August, expressing concern about increased vandalism to village property, including slashed tires and other “events” that posed safety concerns and risk of injury to village staff.
In an unrelated case, the Salmo Village hall was closed for two days in late October for safety reasons in relation to verbal threats.
“The Nelson police department has an open file on this incident,” confirmed Bellman.
“There is male suspect known to police and the Nelson police are discussing the file with crown counsel for a resolution.”