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Gun store targetted in novel robbery attempt

Monday, February 8th, 2010 | 12:06 pm

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An attempt was made to break in to A & C Sports through an empty storefront next door. (Photo Joe Fries)

By Joe Fries

Dozens of hunting rifles and boxes of ammunition were within reach of an enterprising crook who tried to break in to a Kelowna hunting store Sunday night, but he got cold feet and fled empty-handed.

The culprit busted the lock on the front door of an unalarmed and empty storefront next door to A & C Sports on Banks Road, and then punched a pizza box-sized hole through the drywall that separates the two units.

As of this morning, the hole had yet to be repaired – although it was partially covered by a magazine and envelope – and hundreds of rounds of ammo could have easily been swiped. The guns, however, which are displayed along the wall above the bullets, are secured with a steel cable and grabbing them would have been more difficult.

“It would be a lot of work for them, and we’ve got alarms up the ying yang,” store owner Cindy Sommer told Kelowna.com.

Kelowna RCMP spokesman Const. Steve Holmes figures the suspect probably “got spooked” and left when a passerby phoned police around 11 p.m. to report the break and enter in progress.

Holmes said the investigation continues and urged the anonymous 911 caller or any other witnesses to call police.

He did admit that the robber’s approach was a novel one.

“So far there’s been roofs, there’s been front doors – I don’t think anyone’s ever dug underneath a building yet – but they’re trying every angle.”

Sommer said the adjacent unit, the former home of X Zone Internet and Gaming Cafe, has only been empty for about two weeks

“They must have been watching,” she said of the crooks. “They think of everything.”

There was another unsuccessful break-in at A & C Sports a few years ago, Sommer recalled, and she’s thankful that someone was watching last night.

“It’s nice to know that people are paying attention.”

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