Thieves smash glass to get into three Parksville businesses

Attempt to burrow through a wall didn’t work, police say

Thieves were willing to break through glass to commit crimes in Parksville in the lead-up to Christmas.

Three break-ins Dec. 13-16 were among the crimes reported to Oceanside RCMP.

On Dec. 13, an employee at a business in the 1300 block of the Island Highway reported that a brick had been thrown through the glass front door of the business. Video surveillance showed two suspects entering the store at 3:30 a.m. Thousands of dollars in power tools were taken.

On Dec. 15, thieves tried to “burrow through the garage wall” into a business in the 1200 block of the Island Highway, say Oceanside RCMP, but then gave up and smashed a glass side door.

The next day an employee at a business in the 100 block of Craig Street reported a break-and-enter. The rear glass door was broken and “a sum of cash” was stolen, RCMP say.

If you see a crime in progress, call 911. Of you have information regarding an incident, phone the Oceanside RCMP non-emergency number at 250-248-6111 during regular office hours. Outside of business hours phone 250-248-6111 extension 7, or phone Crime Stoppers at 248-TIPS.

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