A minor hockey team was left without its cell phones, ball caps and one youth even had to go home shoeless, after what police are calling “a brazen theft” from the Cowichan Arena on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
The incident occurred sometime after 7:30 p.m.
“The young men were doing what they were supposed to be doing, getting exercise and building team spirit while playing Canada’s favourite sport,” said Cpl. Krista Hobday, the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP’s spokesperson.
They did not, however, remember to lock their dressing room’s door, which is standard protocol while they are on the ice. The oversight unfortunately made way for thieves to move in.
Stolen were eight cell phones, two baseball caps, and a pair of shoes; more than $5,000 worth of items were taken in total, Hobday confirmed.
“One of the players had saved all summer for his phone,” Const. Darren Maizis added.
To make matters worse, one of the players is now being taunted by the thief through snap chat, said the officer.
RCMP are hoping they can return these items to their rightful owners.
Two men have been identified through security footage as persons of interest.
Those with information as to the identity of the two men or who have information about this investigation are asked to contact Const. Darren Maizis at the North Cowichan/Duncan detachment at 250-748-5522.