WATCH: Staff at the Parksville-Qualicum Beach and District SPCA have been forced to close the facility an early morning break-in. Thieves smashed through a door and ransacked the building, taking precious resources away that are used to help animals. Kendall Hanson reports.
The Parksville-Qualicum Beach SPCA branch is currently closed and was without power following a break-in early Friday morning.
Oceanside RCMP said the break-in happened sometime after midnight and the security company in charge of the building reported the incident. According to police, the suspect or suspects gained access by breaking the window of the side door. Desks were also rifled through during the break-in.
The thieves stole two laptops and a box of hypodermic needles.
Oceanside RCMP investigating following early morning break-in at #Parsksville-Qualicum Beach & District SPCA branch. Two laptops stolen…. @CHEK_News pic.twitter.com/l9G0iGp9k2
— Kendall Hanson (@Kendall_Hanson) January 18, 2019
The branch posted about the closure on its Facebook page on Friday morning and said the intruders cut the power.
“Until further notice, we will be closed as we have to wait for the police to do their work and we have a huge clean up to do due to the intruders smashing up a lot of the place and cutting our hydro so we have no phone systems or heat,” staff wrote.
Staff at the branch also said no animals were injured but they are scared.
We are upset and frustrated to announce that we were broken into last night. All our animals are OK, very scared but…
Posted by BC SPCA Parksville-Qualicum Beach & District Branch on Friday, January 18, 2019
This is the second break-in at an SPCA branch on the Vancouver Island within the last two months. On Dec. 30, hundreds of dollars were stolen from a safe during a break-in at the Alberni-Clayoquot branch in Port Alberni.