More than a dozen skis and snowboards worth $17,000 that were stolen from multiple locations at Fernie Alpine Resort, BC over the weekend have been recovered by police and should soon be returned to their rightful owners.
“The items that were stolen include skis, ski poles, bindings, and I believe up to three snowboards were stolen from the ski hill,” says Constable Debra Katerenchuk. “As to a total amount at this time of skis, roughly, I’d say 12 to 13 skis.”
With the cooperation of Strathmore RCMP in Alberta, two youths were arrested and charged with theft. The youths had allegedly posted these items for sale on Kijiji. Katerenchuk was not able to say if the youths were from Strathmore or where specifically the items were found.
Please be aware that there have been a number of thefts at the resort over the past few days. The RCMP has been notified. While this is not a regular occurrence at our resort, we do recommend that our guests secure / lock up their gear & valuables.
— Fernie Alpine Resort (@SkiFernie) January 21, 2019
Three snowboards and ten pairs of skis were recovered. The investigation actively continues as some of the skis and snowboards have not yet been recovered.
Officials advised there are a few things that can be done to help prevent these kinds of thefts:
“(For people riding) it’s important to mark their equipment, keep a record of the model, make and style,” he said. “A common-sense one is don’t leave equipment unattended, or out of view, and if you plan on doing that then just put it in either a locker or put it in your vehicle. Some simple tips many people do is separate their skis.”
If you know anything about this incident or have any information to report, please call the Strathmore RCMP Detachment at 403-934-3535.