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Gold Silver Guy owner finds Qualicum shop in shambles after break-in and theft

RCMP investigating after door smashed, showcases shattered and inventory stolen
Business owner Jeff Ross outside his shop Gold Silver Guy in Qualicum Beach on May 10. (Mandy Moraes photo)

The owner of Gold Silver Guy aims to stay positive after one of his locations was robbed yesterday.

Jeff Ross, founder and owner of the business, said the alarm system at his Qualicum Beach shop was triggered at approximately 5 a.m. on May 10. Once police were notified, he arrived at his business and found the front door shattered, with glass shards from smashed showcases everywhere and much of his inventory missing.

He believes the thief had to resort to a crow bar, or similar tool, to pry the front door open since its glass has a protective coating to prevent it from completely fracturing.

Once inside, Ross noticed six showcases were destroyed and items such as jewelry, coins and paper notes were gone. There was also an entire showcase itself missing, and he believes the thief may have had used either a large van or pickup truck to haul it away.

Approximately a year and a half ago, at the same location, someone unsuccessfully attempted to break-in using a drill on the front door’s lock.

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Despite Monday’s incident, Ross tries to keep a positive outlook.

“I try to keep life in perspective,” he said. “Yes, it hurts financially, but life could be a lot worse.”

Cpl. Jesse Foreman with the Oceanside RCMP confirmed police attended.

“Due to a large cabinet being taken, it was apparent that a vehicle was used by the suspect(s) to get away,” wrote Foreman in an e-mail to PQB News. He also confirmed a forensic specialist will hopefully be able to provide further evidence, and that police plan to canvass nearby businesses for surveillance footage.

Foreman asked for anyone with information on Monday’s incident to contact Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111, citing police file 2021-4585.

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Mandy Moraes

About the Author: Mandy Moraes

I joined Black Press Media in 2020 as a multimedia reporter for the Parksville Qualicum Beach News, and transferred to the News Bulletin in 2022
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