By Amy Woolvett
Two people have been arrested after a series of local break-ins including a break at the Shelburne Lion’s Hall where hundreds dollars worth of alcohol was taken.
“We have to really commend the RCMP,” said Carol Morash of the Lion’s Club. “They were awesome and took the case and held it in the highest priority.”
The break-in happened between the late hours of Friday, Feb. 22 and early Saturday, Feb. 23
Shelburne RCMP arrested 35-year-old Joey Wayne Langthorne and 55-year old Kathy Lynn Gallant a few days after the break-in.
As a result of information received, the Shelburne County Street Crime Enforcement Unit (SCEU) executed a search warrant at a residence on Bulkley Street on Monday, Feb. 24 and Langthorne was arrested without incident.
In the search, property believed to be from the Lions Hall bar and canteen area was located and seized by the RCMP.
“Most of it was gone,” said Morash. “Sadly, we will never get restitution.”
Subsequent investigation allowed RCMP to execute a second search warrant the following day at a residence on Hastings Street.
There, property was recovered believed to be from Farmer’s Dairy Treat and Farmer’s Co-operative. Gallant was arrested without incident.
In the Lion's break-in, Shelburne RCMP believe entry was gained through a window. RCMP believe the perpetrator left through a back door, most likely taking several trips to carry the five flats of beer, five 40 ounces of alcohol, six bottles of wine and a flat of pop.
Even milk from the fridge was taken.
“It was devastating,” said Morash. “When you steal from the Lion’s Club you steal from the community.”
Langthorne is facing charges of Break, Enter and Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, Breach of Probation and Breach of an Undertaking. He is appearing in Shelburne Provincial Court on Feb. 26.
Gallant is facing a charge of Breaching Probation and Possession of Stolen Property and is scheduled to appear at Shelburne Provincial Court on March 19.
The investigation is continuing.