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Firehouse Thieves Busted, Most Gear Returned

The pair stole more than $5,000 worth of gear including SCBA; two helmets are all that remain at large

By Thomas Piller, Global News

Police say they recovered over $40,000 worth of firefighting equipment and charged two people for theft in a Saskatchewan town last month.

According to a press release, two Canora RCMP officers were on a routine patrol when they noticed “suspicious” activity near the local fire hall on Nov. 27.

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Police said the quick reaction and subsequent investigation by the officers resulted in the arrest of two men.

The accused, aged 21 and 35, were charged with break and enter and theft over $5,000, according to a press release.

Canora & District Fire Department chief Devon Sawka said the recovered items included three brand-new breathing apparatuses, uniforms, battery chargers and ice augers used to make holes so they can pump water for fighting fires.

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“We slowly save up for these bigger purchases, like the new breathing apparatuses. A theft of this nature can be enough to cripple a department. At the end of the day, they not only helped us, but the community as a whole,” Sawka said in a statement.

“We just want to thank [the officers] … “If it wasn’t for them, their keen eye and quick reaction, we may have never recovered this equipment.”
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