Gate at Butterfly World takes a bashing

Would-be thieves unable to gain access to the grounds

Oceanside RCMP are trying to link broken bits of a vehicle to a possible suspect after someone tried to smash through the front gate of Butterfly World in Coombs last weekend.

Cpl. Jesse Foreman said the vehicle bits were left at the entrance gate sometime late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning. The entrance gate was severely damaged in the incident, but Foreman said it doesn’t appear the unidentified culprits were able to get access to the facility.

“Someone driving a vehicle had struck the gate at a high rate of speed before fleeing the area,” Foreman said. “Although there was extensive damage, the gate did not open as a result of the impact.”

He noted police found evidence of significant damage to the vehicle, as glass and car parts were left behind. RCMP believe the vehicle was a white, older-model, front wheel drive car. The vehicle would have clearly visible and extensive damage to the front-end, said Cpl. Foreman. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.