A Cranbrook family is reeling after thieves stole a large amount of tools and power equipment from a cabin out in Moyie, which they then set on fire as they fled.
On Tuesday morning, the cabin, which is adjacent to Cotton Tie Creek, was broken into and the tools and equipment was loaded into a vehicle that exited out of a driveway at the top of the Moyie bluffs.
In addition to the tools, the thieves also tried to steal a side-by-side ATV by cutting the ignition out and prying the hood up, according to Brad Scriver, as the cabin belongs to his mother.
“The cabin’s pretty well hidden from the road, it’s a little ways off the railroad tracks,” said Scriver. “It definitely seems to me that someone knew exactly where they were going.
“It’s very odd because it’s one of those situations where if you didn’t know the cabin was there, you probably wouldn’t have found it.”
As the culprits left, they also set fire to the place, which has caused in excess of $50,000, Scriver added.
“We know it was after midnight and before 6 a.m. but other than that, we don’t know how big the fire was and how long it was burning,” Scriver said. “We just got to a smouldering pile of plastic around 8 in the morning.”
Some of the stolen items include: DeWalt 18-volt drill, saw and sawzall, a Makita 18-volt drill, hammer drill, saw, sawzall, Ryobi hand tools and a two-foot DeWalt table saw, among many other tools and equipment.
It’s an especially tough blow, considering the family has invested a lot of money into the recreational property.
“Despite the money, what they’ve taken from my mom…I haven’t slept for a day,” said Scriver.
Scriver detailed the thefts on Facebook in a post that has gone viral and Cranbrook RCMP is investigating the situation. Scriver is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that will lead to arrests.
If anyone has any information, contact Scriver at 250-421-7722 or call the Cranbrook RCMP at 250-489-3471.