Mounties in Nanaimo are investigating a break-in to the Scout Hut and the loss of more than $1,500 in Boy Scout camping equipment.
The break-in to the Scout Hut, at 445 Comox Rd., was reported to police Thursday.
According to police, it appeared the main entrance door might have been left open, allowing entry to the building. Thieves then used bolt cutters to snip padlocks from lockers and the building's storeroom where the camping equipment was kept.
Items taken included four green Northern Escape tents marked with "1st Nanaimo" logos, a Cuisinart eight-piece stacking pot set in a cloth carrying bag, a black backpack containing a first aid kit and a plastic toolbox with a red handle.
"The loss of these items is a huge setback for the local scout group," said Const. Gary O'Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, in a press release. "Sadly, local outings will be on hold or cancelled until such time fundraising efforts are commenced to replace the stolen items."
Anyone with information, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, text 274637 with keyword Nanaimo or submit a tip online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.