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Thieves stopped in the act at Lake Cowichan Visitor Information Centre

Bystanders act fast to stop pair from stealing boxes from basement
Boxes taken from the Visitor Information Centre belonging to the Chamber of Commerce have been returned. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)

The quick thinking of area regulars and the fast response from Lake Cowichan RCMP led to the apprehension of two thieves and the return of stolen boxes from the Cowichan Lake Cowichan Visitor Centre recently.

A Visitor Centre staff member, who wished not to be named, confirmed that some fellows who hang out behind the centre and “really keep an eye on things around here” saw “two people coming out from underneath the building with boxes.”

The incident occurred before the Visitor Centre opened for the day so the bystanders jumped into action, confronting the alleged intruders and notifying police.

The RCMP were called and “were on top of it,” said the staffer.

“I’m not sure what the heck they wanted with old records of no use to anyone but the Chamber,” said the staff member. “The boxes were recovered and returned to the Chamber of Commerce. Case closed.”