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Unpleasant surprise greets Mabel Lake cottage owners

April 25, 2016 - 12:57 PM

VERNON - A cottage in the Mabel Lake area may not have been attractive to most people over the winter months, but it made a desirable target for at least one individual. 

Sometime over the winter, a cottage on the Mabel Lake Forest Service Road was broken into, Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy says.

Numerous items were stolen, including a Yamaha generator, a Nissan 9.8 HP outboard motor, a Stihl chainsaw and various tools. The value of the stolen goods is estimated to be in the thousands of dollars.

The theft occurred sometime between November, when the owners closed it up, and April of this year, so the goods could be long gone by now, Noseworthy admits.

“If you happen to see someone around that has that particular group of items that didn’t before, it might be worth giving us a call,” Noseworthy says.

She says cabin break-ins are crimes of opportunity and do happen from time to time.

“They know they can get away with it because no one will be there for months and months,” she says.

There haven't been any other reports of cabin break-ins over the winter, but Noseworthy says it's possible we'll hear of more as people start unlocking their cottages. 

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