Police looking for suspect in $80,000 theft

Cemetery Road wire goes missing

Police are looking for information on theft of a large amount of wire from an abandoned gravel pit in the 3100 block of Cemetery Road in Agassiz.

Police say the theft occurred sometime between June 16 and 30, but the complainant wasn’t aware the theft had occurred until June 30, as he hadn’t been to the site. There was $80,000 worth of electrical equipment and wire reported to be stolen from the shop on the property.

The site is an abandoned gravel pit with a trailer for an office and other out buildings including a large shop and a small electrical building. The electrical building had a dead bolt on the door which was punched out and the door was forced open to gain entry. An electrical panel on the wall and one panel that was mounted to the floor had been stripped out from the conduit attached to the walls and the wiring was gone.

The second damaged building had only electrical equipment in it. The electrical panel mounted to the wall had the wiring stripped out of it as well.  There was also a panel laying on the floor with the wiring stripped out of it.

There was a large metal clad shop where entry was attempted as the doors had been pried open a small amount, but not enough for a person to get through.

“This is a significant loss for the owner,” said Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth. “Being such a small community we are hoping someone may have information to assist us in solving this crime.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Agassiz RCMP at 604-796-2211 or report a tip anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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