© Geraldine Brophy
Gerard Lee stands near his snowmobile, one of three that were stolen from the shed in the background. Lee's machine was later found about 200 feet away, but stripped of many of its parts and damaged.
CORNER BROOK — Not even an anti-theft device was enough to keep Gerard Lee’s snowmobile safe from the thieves who stole three machines from his brother Leonard’s shed.
The thefts took place on Bayview Heights some time in the last two weeks, but were not discovered until Leonard went to his shed Saturday afternoon.
There were signs of forced entry, and the three snowmobiles that had been in there the last time he looked a couple of weeks earlier, were missing.
Gerard Lee’s machine, a 1994 Ski-doo Summit that was in good running condition, was found about 200 feet away, over a bank in the nearby woods.
“They were probably able to get the other machines started but not mine because it had an anti-theft switch on it and, if they didn’t know where it was to, they wouldn’t have been abe to get it started,” said Lee.
Although he found his machine, it had been stripped of many of its parts. Missing were the skis, steering gears and breather box, while the seat and track were damaged.
In a nearby tree, the perpetrators had left the cowl of the machine.
“It was like they were planning to come back and get that,” said Lee.
There was no sign, however, of Leonard’s two machines. The machines, according to Lee, seem to have headed down the hill towards nearby Centennial Place as there was a portion of ski skin from one of the machines located in that direction.
Missing are a blue and grey 2003 Ski-doo Legend with the licence plate SDJ 720 and a red and white 1990 Yamaha Phazer 2.
“It’s just disgusting to see that people would break into the back of a shed, take three machines and to just totally vandalize one of them,” said Lee. “It doesn’t make you feel safe in your neighbourhood.”
The Bayview Heights area is a popular area for snowmobiles accessing the wooded trails on the outskirts of Corner Brook, but Lee said neither he nor anyone else in his family have ever complained about the activity.
He has no idea who would have targetted the shed.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary would also like to know who is responsible for the crime and have launched an investigation into the thefts.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the RNC at 637-4100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be provided anonymously on the Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com .