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Break and enters spread to rural areas

Last Updated Dec 7, 2018 at 6:21 am MDT

PHOTO. A screen shot from the video surveillance footage of the gas station on the Gregoire Lake Reserve shows a stolen White Dodge Ram plowing through the store on Dec. 3, 2018 just before 2:45 a.m.

Anzac and Gregoire Lake Reserve are the latest communities in the RMWB to be affected by break and enters after two Fort McMurray businesses were both robbed a couple days prior, and STACS Fine Food the week before.

Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to multiple break and enters in the rural areas on Dec. 3, 2018.

“Tackling rural crime is our top priority.” said Inspector Eric Stebenne, Operations Officer at Wood Buffalo Detachment. “We are actively pursuing this investigation and working with our rural partners and utilizing police resources to solve these crimes.”

Police believe the incidents occurred between Dec. 2 at 10:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 3 o’clock a.m.

First they responded to a local business on the Gregoire Lake Reserve where unknown suspect(s) broke into the place and stole multiple items, including a white flat deck Dodge Ram.

Then they received an alarm coming from the local gas station in where the stolen Dodge Ram was seen on video surveillance backing into the store. Breaking the glass door entry and surrounding windows.

Christina River Enterprises CEO Byron Bates, described the damages to MyMcMurray.

“All our shelving, all our merchandise, all our coolers, everything is pretty much a complete loss,” said Bates.

The male driver of the vehicle was last seen wearing a dark work outfit with yellow highlighting and black and yellow gloves.

RCMP are asking anyone who may have knowledge of this incident, saw anything unusual, or has surveillance footage to contact them  at 780-788-4040.

In a Facebook post Bates wrote that Fort McMurray #468 First Nation and Christina River Enterprises are offering a $10,000 reward for any information on the suspect.