The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 191 in Chemainus sustained substantial damage when a break-in occurred over the August long weekend.
The break-in was reported to the RCMP, and a forensic examination was conducted. Further investigation is now underway.
Substantial damage was caused by forcing open doors, disabling the Legion’s security system, breaking into the safe, removing the pull tab machine and other miscellaneous items, according to a press release from the Legion.
“It is unfortunate that the people involved in this occurrence would target a Legion when the members and staff are trying so hard to keep this veterans’ club a vital community participant,” said Chemainus Legion president Mike Beggs. “This Legion has donated thousands of dollars and hundreds of volunteer hours assisting seniors, youth groups and other community groups through our meat draws, bingo and poppy campaigns. Ultimately, the cost is to the community this Legion supports.”
If anyone has any information about the break-in, they are asked to contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-745-5522 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.