Downtown Prince George hit by rash of break-ins

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Prince George RCMP are on the lookout for suspects following a rash of break and enters targeting downtown businesses over two days this week.

The first occurred on Mon., Feb. 8 around 4 a.m. when police were called to an alarm at a 1200-block 4th Avenue business.

They arrived to find the glass front door smashed out and three laptop computers, worth $1,500 each, missing while a dog and handler were unable to pick up a track due to the snow and extreme cold.

At 8 a.m., they were called to a report of several break ins at a building in the 200 block of Victoria Street but were also able to get an image from a surveillance camera showing someone entering the building at 3:45 a.m.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male wearing a White Sox pro-fit hat, Mechanix gloves, blue jeans and unique shoes and carrying a multi-tool on his hip.

Items stolen include $10,000 in vintage coins, some high-end rookie hockey cards, multiple laptops, an iPad and several hundred dollars in old currency.

“Some of these items are very specific and not widely in circulation. If anyone notices items like these for sale on electronic sale sites, they should contact the Prince George RCMP with the seller’s information and include a screen shot of the listing,” said Cst. Jennifer Cooper.

Police also believe the man is responsible for an attempt to break into an ATM machine at 500 block Victoria Street business. RCMP were called to that incident at 2 p.m.

Police also have a description for an incident on Tues., Feb. 9 when an unknown amount of money was taken from a business in the 1800 block of Victoria Street.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male wearing a black jacket, black hoodie, blue jeans and unique shoes and carrying a yellow and black backpack.

Images show him entering the building at about 3 a.m., when he crawled through an insecure ground level window then used the elevator to gain entry to the businesses.

RCMP are asking businesses in the area to check their surveillance for suspicious activity between 2-6 a.m. on Mon., Feb. 8 and Tues., Feb. 9.

“The Prince George RCMP would like to remind everyone to remain vigilant and to take that one last look around before you leave your vehicle or your business for the day," said Prince George RCMP Staff Sgt. Chris Riddle. "Make sure you have not left anything out in your car, including spare change or clothing, and make sure all of your doors and windows are secure. People like this make it their business to find what we have forgotten, so take the extra minute to secure your belongings and deprive them of that opportunity.”

Mark Nielsen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince George Citizen