Vehicle slams into Backcountry during B&E

RCMP officers were called out to a break and after at Backcountry this morning. Photo by Chris Newton.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Thieves employed the use of a vehicle to smash their way into Backcountry in Fort St. John early this morning in the second such incident in the Energetic City in as many months.

According to two employees of the sporting goods store, the incident happened Tuesday morning at around 4:40 a.m. The building was seen to have a gaping hole just to the left of its front doors where it is assumed a vehicle was used to ram into the store.

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A large amount of merchandise and shelving was seen strewn all over the store’s floor. The store itself was behind police tape just before 6:00 a.m., and officers were seen inside with the store’s owner investigating the extent of the damage.

At this point, there’s no word on if, or how much, merchandise was stolen. The last time the store was broken into was ten years ago, when thieves used a vehicle to ram through the store’s front doors and steal a number of handguns.

This is the second such break and enter in Fort St. John involving a vehicle ramming through a business’ exterior walls in as many months. In late January, thieves used a pickup truck to smash three holes into the Totem Mall’s exterior wall in what police speculate was an attempt to break into Michael So Jewellery. The RCMP said in that case, the would-be thieves weren’t able to gain access to the store, and nothing was taken.

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