Cabinet where the laptops were kept.

Cabinet where the laptops were kept.

Thieves cut through wall to steal 12 laptops

White Rock's Sources WorkBC Employment Centre was broken into either Jan. 31 or Feb. 1.

Thieves cut through the wall of the Sources WorkBC Employment Centre office in White Rock last week to steal a dozen laptops.

“They managed to cut themselves a hole so they could crawl in and avoid our alarm system… It wasn’t our best day,” said David Young, Sources Community Resource Centres executive director.

The offices are located inside the Miramar Village (1473 Johnston Rd.) building. Doors to the main building are locked in the evening.

Young said he doesn’t know how the culprit(s) gained entry into the building.

“They may have managed to hide in one of the hallways,” Young said. “They managed to somehow get access to the second floor and I guess in the evening once everyone is gone, they had the time they needed to enter.”

The break-and-enter occurred the evening of Jan. 31 or early morning of Feb. 1.

“Whatever tools they used, they took with them.”

Security has been improved since the incident, Young said.

“It’s disappointing and it impacts us. There will be a cost, it may be covered by insurance, there’s a process for that.”

Young said 12 laptops and a personal computer were stolen. Factoring in repairs, Young estimated the loss at $20,000.

Young said the equipment was used by the clients for employment searches and training programs.

WorkBC employment centres offer free programs that help individuals gain employment through searches, training, interview skills and resumé editing.

The Miramar Village is located near White Rock’s ‘Whaling Wall’ building. In a recent PAN article, it was reported that vagrants were hiding inside the Romich Centre and waiting until the businesses close. Then, the individuals would have full-run of the facility – except access to locked businesses – until morning.

White Rock RCMP said investigation into the robbery in ongoing.

Young said recent activities are a reminder to pay attention to security.

“I suppose we have to be more vigilant here in terms of our security.”

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