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Winnipeg band Royal Canoe's tour trailer robbed of $82K in instruments

A Winnipeg band that has soared in popularity in recent years has been robbed of its instruments and gear on tour — again.

Trailer full of gear stolen while on tour in Laval, Que., band says

Royal Canoe's trailer had about $82,000 worth of instruments and gear on board Monday when it was stolen from a hotel parking lot in Laval, Que. (Jaclyn Campanaro)

A Winnipeg band that has soared in popularity in recent years has been robbed of its instruments and gear on tour — again.

In a post on Royal Canoe's Facebook page, the band said its trailer was stolen north of Montreal in Laval, Que., early Monday morning. 

Laval police confirmed the trailer was stolen between midnight and 6 a.m. ET from a Sheraton Hotel parking lot. The gear is valued at $82,000, police said, adding investigators weren't able to find any surveillance footage from the area as of Monday morning.

The neighbourhood where the theft occurred is considered a "preferred" area of robbers, as it offers easy access to the highway for speedy getaways, police said. 

It's the second time the band has been robbed of gear in the past three years.

In the fall of 2013, passports and personal belongings were stolen from the band's van overnight on tour in Chicago, although their instruments were safe and sound.

The band posted later in the day Monday thanking fans for an outpouring of support online.

With files from Christianne Hacault

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