HUGHES BROOK — The number of break and enters to occur on the north shore of the Bay of Islands in less than a week rose to five on Wednesday when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were called to the town office in Hughes Brook.
Sgt. Terry Foster of the Corner Brook detachment said police responded to a complaint from the town just after 2 p.m.
An employee with the town had discovered that the town office had been entered and rummaged through.
At the time he was contacted, officers were on the scene and Foster could not provide any other details on what had occurred or if anything had been taken.
With this latest incident, Foster said "it appears to be municipal buildings or municipal properties that are being targeted."
The first break and enter was reported to police on Aug. 11 by the Town of McIvers. In this case a safe containing town cheques and several thousand dollars in cash was removed from the building.
Police now say a second building, the town's recreation centre, was also broken into.
The third incident was reported on Monday by the Town of Irishtown-Summerside. A safe in the building was forced open and several hundred dollars in cash was taken.
On Tuesday police received a report of a break-in at the Golden Sunset seniors hall in Gillams where a quantity of change was stolen.
"Approximately $450 in quarters were taken," said Foster.
Foster said the RCMP is interested in hearing from anyone who may have any knowledge of these incidents.
Anyone with information can contact the Corner Brook Detachment at 637-4433 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.