No trend to north Alberni break-ins

A small rash of break-ins and vandalism in the same area of Alberni aren't related, police say.

A break-in and vandalism in the same area does not signal a trend, RCMP Staff Sgt, Kevin Murray said.

According to the Alberni Valley Crime Stoppers website there was a break-in at the Funk Trunk Clothing Store on Cherry Creek Road on June 28.

The front door of the store was smashed in and women’s purses and men’s clothing was taken.

An Alberni Crime Stoppers map of north Port shows a theft classified as ‘other ‘and a break and enter in the vicinity as well.

And recently a couple that leases 20 acres of land on the east side of town reported light vandalism to their property.

The incidents aren’t likely related though. “There’s a time difference between them,” Murray said.

The Funk Trunk incident was familiar to Murray but not the others. “I can’t say just yet about the other incidents.”

The clothing store break-in likely had more to do with the discerning thieves who knew what clothing they wanted, the isolated area of town and time of day (4 a.m.).

The owner was equipped with an alarm though, which police responded to immediately.

“They would have got more if she didn’t have an alarm,” Murray said.

The incidents don’t signal a trend, such as when there was a rash of thefts from cars in south Port.

There was a rash of thefts from cars and recently a police patrol caught three males stealing from the Fir Park Village property.

The men are now before the courts.

The thefts have abated in the last two weeks, but it’s not known if increased pressure by police or just a random stoppage in responsible for the decline.

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