Thieves target Trail

The Trail Historical Society board made the decision to close the museum for the summer after a late night break in.

Police confirm recent break and enters in Trail as well as an increase in theft from vehicles.

Police confirm recent break and enters in Trail as well as an increase in theft from vehicles.

The Trail Museum is closed for the summer following a late night break in and theft of an old gun.

But that’s just one incident in a recent rash of thefts or attempted thefts involving Trail businesses and private vehicles.

The Trail Times reported on two daytime break and enters into homes last week, but other cases have since emerged related to commercial enterprises and items stolen from cars, particularly in East Trail.

On July 27, an antique revolver was stolen from the Trail Museum. Police report that the firearm was not in usable condition. However, the board of the Trail Historical Society has opted to close the location, which is in the Trail Memorial Centre, for the remainder of the season.

Staff safety is a priority (only one student mans the museum), as well as preservation of all remaining artifacts, said Museum and Archives Director, Sarah Benson.

Sgt. Darren Oelke from the Greater Trail detachment said the gun has since been recovered following the arrest of a 35-year old male in Krestova on Friday.

Nelson RCMP responded to a call about a man uttering threats and pointing a gun at people that afternoon. He was later arrested and Oelke reported at noon Monday, the suspect was in possession of the pistol stolen from the museum.

Another weekend incident involves “mischief” to the bridge lights. Oelke says police are reviewing video and have a suspect, but not enough evidence at this point, for court.

A few days later, Gerick Cycle and Sport on Rossland Avenue reported an attempted break in. No entry was gained, the culprits were scared off by the audible alarm Oelke added. Police have some video to go on, but no suspect has yet been identified.

No suspects have yet been identified in another incident, and in this case, money was stolen.

The Gyro Park Concession run by Career Development Services was broken into and $250 stolen.

Police have requested video to review, no suspect or suspects have been identified.

Oelke also confirmed numerous thefts from vehicles.

“We have been hit hard the last few days with thefts from vehicles in the East Trail area,” he said, mentioning the department was still receiving calls. “(There has been) a marked increase from thefts from vehicles and (RCMP) stress for people to call any suspicious activity/persons they may see during the night.”