Golf club hit by two break-ins

photos courtesy of the Hay River Golf Club Security cameras captured images of disguised intruders during two recent break-ins at the Hay River Golf Club.

photos courtesy of the Hay River Golf Club
Security cameras captured images of disguised intruders during two recent break-ins at the Hay River Golf Club.

The Hay River Golf Club was recently the victim of break and enter, not once but twice.

Security images from the scene show two disguised persons in the club during both break-ins.

The first break-in happened at about 3:13 a.m. on July 16, according to an RCMP news release. “At that time two unknown individuals entered the clubhouse, after disabling the exterior surveillance cameras, and stole a large quantity of alcohol.”

The second break and enter occurred at about 4:29 a.m. on July 19.

“During this incident, two unknown individuals entered the golf course clubhouse and stole a small amount of alcohol,” states the RCMP news release.

Both incidents are under investigation.

“The possibility that these two incidents were committed by the same people cannot be confirmed at this time,” stated the RCMP.

Speaking on July 22, Const. Matt Halstead of the Hay River RCMP said there have been no arrests in the incidents.

“We haven’t identified any suspect,” added Halstead.

Jeff Brockway, manager of the Hay River Golf Club, believes the two break-ins are very likely related.

“I’m 90 per cent sure that at least one person was involved in probably both of the break-ins, just the movement of the person, knowing where to go, what to do,” he said. “They pretty much followed the same path both times.”

Brockway said the culprits knew exactly where to go to find what they were going to steal, knew where to find a container to put the products in, and approached the building in a manner that was obvious that they knew where the security cameras were located.

“It was well thought out,” he said.

During the first break-in, four security cameras were destroyed at a loss of about $800.

Brockway said it was “absolutely” apparent the break-ins were aimed at obtaining alcohol.

“The value of the first has not been totally calculated, but I’m guessing anywhere from $600 to $800,” he said of the value of the alcohol stolen.

The second break-in netted the thieves probably no more than $30 worth of alcohol.

“Nothing was vandalized, other than a door frame being broken,” said Brockway.

The golf club placed images of the perpetrators on Facebook and asked for the public’s help in identifying them.

In addition, Brockway said the golf club has taken “extra precautions” to deter future break-ins, although he declined to elaborate on what those steps might be.

During the second break-in, security cameras also obtained an image of a white truck parked outside the club at the time.

Halstead said the truck looked similar to a highways vehicle, although the image isn’t clear enough to identify a logo on the door or a licence plate number.

The constable said a highways truck was reported stolen in Fort Providence on July 19 and recovered there that same day.

“We’re not able to confirm for sure it’s related,” he said of that truck to the break-ins. “We’re definitely investigating the possible link.”

It was darker for the first break-in and no surveillance image was obtained of a vehicle in that incident.

Anyone with information on the break-ins can call the Hay River RCMP, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or on the Internet at nwtnutips.com, or text nwtnutips to 274637.

–Paul Bickford