The RCMP in Ridge Meadows is investigating a heartless theft that has a local charity out thousands of dollars.
Officers were called to the Albion fairgrounds around 5:30 am today after receiving reports about a break and enter to a building on the property.
Upon arrival, it was discovered that thieves had made off with a large safe belonging to the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society.
Inside the safe was a large number of gift cards worth around $10,000.
Early findings suggest that a black pickup truck might be involved in the theft, as it was seen speeding away from the area around the time the safe was stolen.
“Police don’t usually release the name of a victim or business however, with their permission, we are publicly sharing because these stolen gift cards directly support our local community and families in need over the upcoming holiday season,” said Cst. Julie Klaussner.
“We want to catch the criminals responsible for this despicable act and are hoping the public can help.”
Klaussner said that any bit of information can be helpful.
“If you were out walking your dog at the time, possibly have dash camera footage or video surveillance of anything suspicious in the area please contact the police,” she explained.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ridge Meadows RCMP at 604-463-6251.