June 8 Police Update: serious business break-ins hitting the Vanderhoof

A series of recently occurred business and residential break-and-enters are recognized to have commonalities.

In the past two weeks, the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment lodged 152 files, which included 17 prisoners.

A series of recently occurred business and residential break-and-enters are recognized to have commonalities, and the police is working on information received from other detachments that may result in possible identification of suspects, Sgt. Svend Nielsen said.

Anyone with information is advised to contact the local RCMP detachment or report anonymously through CrimeStoppers.



A break-and-enter at Vanderhoof’s Ace Building Centre over the Victoria Day long weekend led to over $30,000 worth of loss and damage, as estimated by the store.

Suspects seemed to have entered through the gate, hot-wired some forklifts, and attempted to move building supply material while damaging some in the process.

The incident was reported on May 23 by the centre’s manager, and forensic evidence was seized by the RCMP for investigation.



Overnight on May 23, unknown suspects broke into Mapes Baptist Church on Blackwater Road through a window, removing several items including a computer and overhead projector.

As investigation continues, the police is awaiting results on collected evidence from its forensics team.



A backhoe stolen from a field on Braeside Road by Pine Tree Drive was returned to its owner on May 28.

In the evening on May 26, the owner’s neighbour observed the equipment being driven away from the scene. It was later located by police patrols along the fields in the area.



Overnight on May 25, a Honda generator was taken from a shop truck parked at a work yard on Northside Road.

The stolen equipment is valued at $6,500 by the owner.


Summer cabin theft

Hunting equipment valued at a total of $2,000 was recently stolen from a seasonal residence on Mapes Road.

Reported on May 20, the theft included blinds, tools, and trail cameras, and seemed to occur over two visits, according to physical evidence located by the police.


– with files from Sgt. Svend Nielsen, Vanderhoof RCMP