LCBO break-ins latest in recent rash of Thunder Bay thefts

After an overnight break-in, the Liquor Control Board in Thunder Bay has covered two broken doors with sheets of plywood at its Thunder Centre outlet on Fort William Road.
Police say four people smashed the glass doors to gain entry to an LCBO outlet at the Thunder Centre on Fort William Road the store, just after 1 a.m. (Adam Burns/CBC)

After an overnight break-in, the Liquor Control Board in Thunder Bay has covered two broken doors with sheets of plywood at its Thunder Centre outlet on Fort William Road.

Police report four people smashed the glass doors to gain entry to the store just after 1 a.m. Monday.

The LCBO has not released information on what was taken.

A second break-in occurred around 3 a.m. Sunday in Centennial Square. Police report the window of a business was smashed, but no entry was gained.

It's too early to determine if there might be a connection between the incidents and a recent series of break-ins, a police spokesperson said.

Last Friday police reported a number of break-ins into businesses and residences on the south side of the city. They said they believed those incidents might be connected because of similar descriptions of the culprit, based on security video.

Police said three businesses have been broken into since Jan. 17.  Cash was taken in each case, including from Westfort Foods on Frederica Street.

A fourth incident occurred at 8:30 a.m. last Monday at a residence on South Franklin Street.

Video surveillance

With the most recent LCBO break-ins, police are calling for the public's assistance in identifying the people responsible.

Video surveillance from the Sunday morning robbery at the LCBO located at 620 Arthur Street shows two men smashing the front window, entering the store, taking a number of bottles of alcohol and fleeing.

One man appeared to have a thin build, and he was wearing a grey hoodie with a blue, white and black plaid jacket over top. He was also wearing jeans, running shoes and a dark back pack.

The second man appeared to be wearing a leather deer skin gloves, a dark jacket with a hood, blue jeans and white high-top runners. He was also carrying a back pack.

During the overnight robbery at the LCBO at the Thunder Center, four men smashed the front door glass and entered the premises. Alcohol was also taken and the suspects fled.

Police supplied the following descriptions:

  • Suspect 1 - wearing a black jacket with hood, blue jeans, white shoes and carrying a dark back pack.
  • Suspect 2 - wearing a black jacket with hood, blue jeans, black shoes and carrying a grey or light blue back pack.
  • Suspect 3 - wearing a black jacket, black shoes, black pants and a black neck warmer.
  • Suspect 4 - wearing a black jacket, black pants, black shoes and black balaclava.


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