North West River residences broken into twice in one year

Derek Montague
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Firearms allegedly stolen during both incidents

Two homes in the small town of North West River were broken into some time between April 30 and May 2, and three firearms were, allegedly, stolen — two from one residence and one from the other.

What makes this latest break-in most disturbing is the fact the same two houses were broken into, around the same time, less than a year ago, according to the two homeowners.

 And, during that first robbery, firearms were also stolen.

 In a news release, the RCMP said two of the firearms, stolen from one of the residences between April 30 and May 2 is a 12 Gauge Benelli Black Eagle Shotgun (black graphite in colour) and a Browning BLR Ducks Unlimited Lever Action Rifle.

An RCMP spokesperson told The Labradorian the other gun stolen is a 12-gauge shotgun.

Any time there is a crime in North West River, which has a population of 550, it causes great concern amongst residents, since the community is small and everyone knows each other.

One of the victims in the robberies had guns stolen from the home’s shed during both incidents.

 Luckily, she was able to find the stolen goods the first time, which occurred in the fall of 2013.

“(During the first robbery) he took a bag with wheels on it, took all the things he had stolen…and stored it all behind (a neighbour’s) shed,” said the homeowner who wished to remain anonymous.

“The next day we walked out around and had a look … and found it.”

Based on the similarities between the incidents, the homeowner believes it can’t be a coincidence, and the same culprit struck twice on both houses.

 “It makes you wonder sometimes if you’re targeted for a reason. Sometimes you wonder if it’s just a person who knows where they might be able to get good stuff to get good money,” she said.

“You’re in your house and you wonder, when you get up in the morning, if something else is going to happen.”

The homeowner still feels comfortable in her house, even after the two break-ins. But now she has to take extra precautions, while living in a town where doors used to be left unlocked day and night.

“I do feel comfortable, but at the same time, I’m more cautious, I’m checking around my house. I’ll never go away and leave my house unlocked anymore,” she said.

“Before, people would go to bed and not lock their doors at night. I would never do that again. Even when I go for short walks, I lock my door. And I make sure everyone in my house has their own key, so when they come back here, they can let themselves in. And that’s not the way a home should be.”

The RCMP is investigating the break-ins. Anybody with information is asked to contact the Sheshatshiu detachment at 709-497-8700, or Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 1-800-222-8477.


Organizations: RCMP, Browning BLRDucks Unlimited Lever Action Rifle, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: North West River

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