In early December, Lake Cowichan’s Town Hall sustained a break and enter.
According to Mayor Ross Forrest, the culprit’s entered the premises after first attempting to break down the door and then later smashing the glass to the entrance. Several hundred dollars of damage was caused. Nothing was reported to have been stolen.
The forced entry alerted Price’s Alarms in Duncan. As per routine, a Price’s Alarms service agent phoned Town Hall’s main office to verify if the alarm had been tripped accidentally. Apparently intoxicated, the culprit surprisingly answered the phone. Immediately picking up on the individual’s intoxication, the Price’s Alarms service agent notified the RCMP.
“The alarm went to Price’s. The first thing they do is phone and make sure somebody hasn’t gotten to their code in time or if it’s a literal person and the guy inside answered the phone,” said Forrest.
Upon arrival, RCMP subdued and arrested one male. It was suspected he had an accomplice but the authorities did not find anyone else at the scene.
It is unclear if charges will be laid, as the perpetrator has reportedly volunteered to settle the balance of the damages caused by his reckless break-in.Forrest also indicated the man was not a local resident.