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Kamloops City Hall burglary suspect arrested; stolen items recovered

But the unique Mayor’s Chain of Office remains missing.
Mayor's Chain of Office
Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian sports the Mayor’s Chain of Office, which was stolen from city hall during a Sept. 10, 2021, burglary.

A number of electronic items were returned to Kamloops City Hall and a man was arrested, thanks to the help of an eagle-eyed city employee.

However, police are still searching for a unique city item that was pilfered during a recent burglary.

On Sunday (Sept. 12) at about 6:30 p.m., Kamloops RCMP responded to a break and enter report at city hall, downtown at First Avenue and Victoria Street West.

According to the report, a city employee saw a man leaving the building with a duffle and two laptop bags.

The employee helped police find the man in a nearby alley.

“In this case, the employee’s efforts and actions allowed for police to quickly locate and apprehend a suspect known to police, as well as retrieve a significant amount of city property,” Kamloops RCMP Supt. Sydney Lecky said in a release.

A 37-year-old Kamloops man was arrested and remains in custody. 

While a number of electronics were recovered as part of Sunday’s investigation, police are still looking for other items stolen in a separate incident at city hall.

On Sept. 10, police were notified of a break and enter, during which the Mayor’s Chain of Office was stolen.

 “The Mayor’s Chain of Office is unique and a significant piece of Kamloops history,” Lecky said. “We are asking residents to please be on the lookout for the chain. We would appreciate any help the public can provide in assisting with its safe return.”

 Both investigations are ongoing and police say it is not yet known if they are related. Anyone with information is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2021-32041 or file 2021-31719.