Whippletree cafe’s patio set stolen

The owner of the Junction Cafe at Whippletree Junction wants her patio furniture back.

The owner of the Junction Cafe at Whippletree Junction wants her patio furniture back.

Teri Anslow said thieves have taken most of a distinctive and unique patio set from the front of the business over two consecutive nights on March 7-8, stealing two tables and three chairs, leaving just one straight-back chair from the collection.

She said it was no easy task to take the set, with both tables having cement tops that make them very heavy.

“The patio furniture has been there for a long time and is sentimental to us,” Anslow said.

“We’ve been nailed by thieves time and time again over the past year, but this one really hurts because the furniture adds to our storefront and customers like to sit on the chairs and relax under our canopy. This is just one more thing to add to the growing pile.”

Anslow said that during the past year, all the heating oil from Junction Cafe’s oil tank has been siphoned off twice and the shop was broken into last year, resulting in approximately $1,500 in losses and damages and caused the store to be closed for two days.

“It’s been a difficult year for us and the business,” she said.

“Having people just come right up on our deck and take this furniture, on top of everything else, is just devastating for us.”

Corp. Krista Hobday from the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment said local police are on the lookout for the patio furniture.

She acknowledged that with a mosaic design on top of the concrete tables and the chairs made of branches, the furniture is very distinctive.

“We’re hoping to receive information from the public,” Hobday said. “If anyone has any information, call the detachment.”