Liquor store break-in, attempt, related say police

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again - even at bad things, apparently

Thieves failed to break into a liquor store in Qualicum Beach Wednesday night.

A second break and enter that same night at an uptown restaurant saw culprits make off with alcohol — and police suspect the two incidents are related.

Oceanside RCMP Sergeant Darrell Robertson said the first incident saw unidentified culprits try to break into the government liquor store on Primrose Street by smashing a glass panel on the front of the building. They didn’t get inside.

A search for suspects in this case was unsuccessful and Oceanside General Duty and Crime Reduction members are actively investigating the attempt.

The second incident, this one  at 10 p.m., saw culprits break into Lefty’s Retaurant on Memorial Avenue. This attempt appears to have been successful, with the culprits making off with a quantity of alcohol.

Damage was done to an interior cabinet and a front door in this theft.

Although a police dog handler and RCMP Police Service Dog assisted in a search for suspects in the case, they were unable to track down those responsible.

Oceanside General Duty and Crime Reduction members are pursuing this investigation.

Investigators believe the two incidents are related and are asking anyone with information about them to call the Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.