*This story was updated on Jan. 14 to reflect information from the County of St. Paul.
ASHMONT/MALLAIG - Thieves targeted both the Ashmont and Mallaig fire halls between Dec. 21 and Jan. 3.
According to RCMP, the Ashmont Fire Hall was broken into twice over the time period, and the break-ins are still under investigation. Video surveillance was obtained at the Mallaig fire hall and photos have been released.
Some of the stolen items include:
- 2 – 1.5 amp 20 volt batteries
- 2 – 5 amp 20 volt batteries
- 3/8 20-volt drill
- 20 volt reciprocating saw
- Booster cables
- Security system recording device
- Halligan pry bar
St. Paul RCMP are asking the public's assistance for any information in identifying the suspect(s) and vehicle. Please contact St Paul RCMP at 780-645-8870 or your local police.
New security systems
Both fire halls are owned by the County of St. Paul. Tim Mahdiuk, director of Community Services, confirmed the break-ins.
The Mallaig Fire Hall was broken into on Dec. 21. Entry was made through the man door on the north east side of the hall.
"A chainsaw and some mall tools were taken. Estimated value of items missing and repairs total $5,500," explained Mahdiuk. The county has filed an insurance claim.
The Ashmont Fire Hall was broken into on Jan. 3. Entry was made through the man door on the north east side of the hall.
"Two generators and some small tools were taken. Estimated value of items missing and repairs total $7,800," said Mahdiuk. An insurance claim was also filed following that theft.
"The County has solicited quotes for new security systems for both facilities," said Mahdiuk. The security systems should be installed by the end of this month.
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.