Break-ins plague Duncan Showroom

The Duncan Showroom has been robbed twice in the last week

The Duncan Showroom has been robbed twice in the last week, according to owner Longevity John Falkner, who’s helping local Mounties with their investigation.

Falkner said Monday morning that he had been working late at his nightspot on Station Street, painting as part of renovations there.

“The last coat [of paint] was at 4:05 a.m. or thereabouts, I laid down for a short snooze again and heard some noise at the front door at 5:45 a.m. Now we have been robbed twice in the last four days,” he said.

At 5:45 a.m., a noise drew him to the front door where he witnessed an attempted break-in by a young man, who ran away when he realized he’d been seen. Falkner said his colleague, who’d been working upstairs, ran down and gave chase but was unable to catch the person.

A previous daytime break-in saw the loss of more $250 from one till when the crew’s backs were turned to do other work, and then two days later, someone came through a storage door and over a barrier to clean out another till with $200 in it.

“I left the building at 12:30 a.m. that night and Tim [his colleague] checked the downstairs at 2 a.m. and we had been robbed in that time,” Falkner said.

While still concerned about those incidents, Falkner went upstairs about 9 p.m. Sunday and found someone attempted to go through that door again, which surprised him because the lights in the building were still on, although it was locked up for the night.

Falkner was scheduled to meet with RCMP Monday to discuss the break-ins. The investigation is continuing.

Lexi.Bainas@cowichanvalleycitizen.com