VIDEO: Cart-load of tobacco stolen from Discovery Foods in Campbell River

Campbell River Crime Stoppers released surveillance video and images showing the alleged theft of a grocery cart full of tobacco products early on April 8, 2019. Image from campbellriver.crimestoppersweb.com
Campbell River Crime Stoppers released surveillance video and images showing the alleged theft of a grocery cart full of tobacco products early on April 8, 2019. Image from campbellriver.crimestoppersweb.com
A close-up image shows the shoes of a suspect from an alleged break-and-enter and theft early on April 8, 2019. Image from campbellriver.crimestoppersweb.com
Campbell River Crime Stoppers released surveillance video and images showing the alleged theft of a grocery cart full of tobacco products early on April 8, 2019. Image from campbellriver.crimestoppersweb.com

Discovery Foods is offering a $1,000 reward to help catch a suspect who allegedly broke into one of its stores and stole a shopping cart full of a tobacco products early Monday morning.

On Tuesday, Campbell River Crime Stoppers posted video footage on its Facebook page showing the alleged break-and-enter at the Willow Point location.

In the video, someone dressed entirely in black – apart from a pair of bright yellow gloves and what appear to be grey running shoes – enters the store with a shopping cart containing a large clear plastic bag.

The edge of the shopping cart is visible as products are loaded into the bag, but the alleged burglar is outside of the frame.

A moment later, the suspect walks into view of the surveillance camera and appears to raid a second checkout area without finding anything, before wheeling the cart into the night.

A time stamp on the video indicates the theft unfolded between 2:11 and 2:13 a.m. on Monday morning.

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The suspect “broke into the Willow Point Discovery Foods and targeted cigarettes,” according to a notice on the website of Campbell River Crime Stoppers.

“Property was loaded into a grocery cart and the suspect fled on foot pushing the cart.”

Crime Stoppers also released still images, noting that although the suspect’s face is disguised, someone may recognize their shoes or clothes “or may already have knowledge of further details pertaining to this crime.”

In a Facebook post, Discovery Foods said that its Willow Point location was broken into early on Monday morning and that “an undisclosed amount of tobacco was stolen.”

The company’s owners are offering a $1,000 award “for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.”

Crime Stoppers, which offers a separate reward of up to $2,000, is not involved in managing the reward offered by Discovery Foods.

Anyone with information is asked to submit a tip to the Campbell River RCMP or Crime Stoppers, using the hotline 1-800-222-8477 or the Crime Stoppers website.


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