Nanaimo Scouts group robbed of $1,500 in equipment

Among the stolen items were tents, first aid kits and cooking pots.

Robbery took place at clubhouse on Comox Road Friday

The 1st Nanaimo Scouts Group's clubhouse on Comox Rd. was robbed on Friday, March 4. (Google Streetview)

A Scouts Canada group in Nanaimo suffered a disappointing setback when their clubhouse was robbed of $1,500 worth of equipment.

Among the items taken were four four-man tents, two first aid kits and a set of cooking pots.

The robbery, which took place last Friday, occurred in the daytime at the scout group's downtown clubhouse on Comox Road, according to group commissioner Stacy Desjardines.

"Camping season is definitely getting into full swing, so we'll just have to persevere," she told All Points West host Robyn Burns. "It's frustrating. It's sad. Those kids work really hard to do the fundraising so they can do these camps."

Desjardines says in the wake of the robbery, security will be improved, especially when it comes to lighting.

She also says the Scouts themselves are trying to stay positive after the incident.

"The older kids are, like, 'We can camp under tarps.' They're that kind, you know," she said.

"The younger kids [have] questions. We'll just have to say that it happens and someone thought they needed it more than us."

Tips about this robbery can be reported to Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

To hear the full story, click the audio labelled: 'Frustrating,' 'sad' robbery costs Nanaimo Scouts $1,500 in gear


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