Thieves target Trail electrical shop and liquor store over the weekend

Police going over surveillance and fingerprints

Ambitious thieves hit a local electrical contractor hard on the weekend.

Police say Power Tech Electric Ltd. had its Trail office on Highway 3B broken into sometime between Friday evening and Sunday morning.

Corporal Devon Reid of the Trail and Greater District RCMP says the thieves made off with tools, LED lights, wiring, and one of the company’s vans.

“This looks like someone targeted them, or figured out they wanted to hit there,” said Reid.

He added the thieves took the licence plates off a second van, likely with the intent of swapping the plates off the stolen vehicle to delay detection.

The RCMP fingerprint unit was called out and police are awaiting results, Reid told the Trail Times.

Police have a bit more evidence with a smash-and-grab at the provincial liquor store near Safeway in East Trail on Sunday morning.

Police say someone broke a window and took some alcohol from the store.

“It happened early Sunday morning, at about 4 a.m.,” said Reid.

“They had active monitoring of their security system. And they phoned us at 4 a.m. and said ‘Somebody is inside our store right now.’

“We went flying down there. Had our dog come out and the dog did a track but was unable to find the guy.”

Police are now reviewing the store’s video surveillance tape to try to identify the culprit.

It’s been a busy time for crime units.

June began with details of a rash of break-ins in Warfield with 13 unlocked cars broken into as well as a truck theft.

Reid reiterated previous police statements calling them “crimes of opportunity” when vehicles are left unlocked.

“We’re suspecting those were done by a couple of people from Alberta because some stolen property was found near Strathmore, Alberta.

“Those were some criminals traveling through the area who are no longer here,” he added.

Reid explained if stolen items are recovered, the victims are usually contacted.

“If it’s stuff of value that is found in Alberta, the Alberta RCMP will pick it up and ship it to us and people can pick it up here.”

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