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Chris Chisholm got a call at 10 a.m. last Wednesday, he didn’t want to hear.
The storage unit where he keeps his hunting supplies and other valuables in Abercrombie was one of dozens potentially broken into.
He went right to the location, where the owner was trying to figure out which lockers had been broken into. Since he didn’t have his own key with him, the owner of the units opened it for him.
Right away he knew his was probably targeted because the door jam was bent. As he looked around, it appeared all the units next to his were broken into as well. When the door opened, his suspicions were verified.
“All my stuff was all over the floor,” Chisholm said.
Among the stolen items from his unit was a black and gold Hoyt crossbow with wooden handgrips and arrows in a plastic case with deer engraved on it. He estimates those together were worth around $1,100. Also missing was a .22 semi-automatic rifle which was in a gun case with 300 to 400 rounds of ammunition and other smaller items and hunting supplies.
He said his golf clubs were left, oddly, but every bag inside his golf bag was opened.
He said the worst part of it all is he’s heard that the individual people who had their property stored there are responsible for the items. He didn’t have theft insurance, so unless the police catch whoever was involved, he will be left empty-handed.
Police are hoping the public may be able to help them get to the bottom of it.
RCMP Sgt. Kevin Dunlevy said Wednesday morning they received a call about the lockers being broken into at Lim’s Storage. He said about 80 per cent of the lockers were broken into and a large number of items taken.
He said he has a team of investigators assigned to the case, and they are looking for any information the public can provide. Those who know anything can call the Stellarton RCMP detachment at 755-4141 or if they want to remain anonymous they can call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477to give a tip.
In the meantime, Chisholm has been trying to do what he can to try to track down his stolen items. He’s called the pawn shops and hunting stores from all over the area to tell them to be on the watch out for someone selling the items. He’s posted an ad on Kijiji too.
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