Thieves gut Clements Centre’s tool locker

Workers at the Clements Centre were dismayed to discover that a work shed on their site had been broken into and tools were stolen.

Workers at the Clements Centre in Duncan were dismayed to discover, on Monday, Dec. 14, that a work shed on their site had been broken into and tools were stolen.

Dominic Rockall, the Centre’s executive director, explained the problem.

“We had a theft here. It happened over the weekend. It’s pretty quiet around here on the weekend but on Monday morning we came in and discovered that somebody had broken into our workshop shed. It was brutal to find that,” he said.

What was taken?

“All of the hand tools, such as pliers, hammers, screw drivers, wrenches, a hand saw. The only power tool they took was a chainsaw. There were other power tools in there but they were left, so perhaps they didn’t want to carry those away with them. So far, that’s what we’ve noticed,” he said.

Rockall expressed the feelings of the folks at the Centre.

“It’s very disappointing. That’s the workshop for a program we offer for the adults with developmental disabilities that we serve. In the past they’ve built stuff; it’s their project shed.

“They’ve been spending time lately fixing up the actual workshop. They’ve been putting in some insulation and doing other work there. They’re trying to make it more practical and make it a more enjoyable place to work,” he said.

It’s also construction work and gives the enthusiastic crew involved the satisfaction of enjoying the results of their own labours.

“We’re disappointed: it was right when we’re fixing it all up. I posted a picture on Facebook showing the nice area where they had all the tools hung up. That’s where somebody came and took them all,” he said.

Rockall posted a notice about the theft on Facebook Tuesday and it was soon shared over and over again, plus comments from Valley folk who were disgusted that anyone would steal things from the Clements Centre.

“I just put it out there in the hope that maybe someone would see it and realize we are just a poor non-profit society. They may not have had any idea who they were stealing from,” Rockall explained.

By Wednesday morning, he was able to announce that although the tools had not been recovered, “we have been overwhelmed by generous offers of support after our break in. Thank you Cowichan! We are so fortunate to live in such an inclusive community. It does seem as though we will be gifted tools from many kind people in the community. Thank you Cowichan!”

Anyone who wants to help can call Rockall 250-746-4125 ext 225.

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