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Rural community store heartbroken by break-in by masked suspects

Masked individuals broke into the Silver Creek General Store in the early morning hours of Aug. 9, 2018.
Image Credit: Silver Creek General Store
August 09, 2018 - 9:53 AM

SILVER CREEK - A family that runs a rural general store in the community of Silver Creek is asking people to come forward if they know anything about a pair of masked individuals who broke into the business early this morning.

In a Facebook post, the community store says the robbers stole an ATM machine and tobacco.

“But they didn’t just steal from a store ... they went into our ‘home’ and stole straight from our family. A family trying to support a newborn recently out of NICU, a four-year-old, and a five-year-old. They stole trust,” the post says.

Salmon Arm RCMP confirmed they responded to an alarm at a business in Silver Creek at roughly 4 a.m. this morning, Aug. 9.

“The early morning investigation revealed that at least two culprits clad in masks broke into the business and took products from the business. Investigators are working to compile a list of stolen products but cigarettes are known to be included in the list at this time,” Sgt. Scott West says in a media release.

Investigators followed up on the vehicle used in the break and enter and determined it was a white 2006 Ford F-350 that had been stolen from Golf Course Drive in Blind Bay sometime after 9 p.m. on Aug. 8.

The British Columbia licence plate on the vehicle at the time it was stolen was JG 1908. The truck has large tires and what is believed to be after market black rims.

“If members of the public see this vehicle do not attempt to apprehend or stop the vehicle, please call 911 with the location of the truck and police will attend,” West says.

If you feel that you have information about either of these crimes please call the Salmon Arm RCMP at 250-832 6044 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

The Silver Creek General Store caught the intruders, and their vehicle, on camera and shared the images on Facebook in hopes of getting information.

“To those individuals that decided to break in and steal, it’s truly heartbreaking that it’s come to this point in your life that you have to do such acts. I hope it was worth it because you will be prosecuted,” the post states. “ It’s a good thing we installed amazing security cameras.”

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