Break-in at NFTI site

NFTI's new market garden manager, Chris LeFort, stands at the gate at the entrance of the campus where the lock has been smashed about 10 times in the last few weeks.

NFTI’s new market garden manager, Chris LeFort, stands at the gate at the entrance of the campus where the lock has been smashed about 10 times in the last few weeks.

While work is just getting truly underway down at the new Northern Farm Training Institute site, there seems to be an ongoing problem.

The site has been broken-into about 10 times in the last few weeks, twice last week alone.

“They’ve been smashing the lock on the gate between about 10 and 11:30 p.m.” said market garden director Chris LeFort who lives out at the campus located on the old Northern Pork site. “The first time last week, they high-tailed it out when they saw the trailers.”

LeFort said nothing had been taken and that he hoped the trespasses would stop now that he is living at the site full-time. There were no beer cans or remnants of campfires or other evidence of the trespassers, besides marks in the dirt road showing they had done donuts in their vehicle.

“It’s more annoying than anything,” he said. “It’s worrisome if they’re doing it constantly, we do have a lot of tools and gear that could be taken.”

LeFort said he saw a dark truck the first night they broke in, but was away for the second occurrence.

Operations manager for NFTI Kim Rapati said the police have been notified and cameras set up to catch anyone breaking through the gate again.

”We want to prevent people from getting hurt as it is an active work site while we clean up the garbage and debris,” she told The Hub. “We are also very conscientious of the high fire hazard this dry season has brought on and so we want to protect the property from trespassers who may start a fire.”

“We encourage people to stay vigilant and report crimes to the RCMP,” said Cpl. Greg Morrow.

-Sarah Ladik