Kamloops Rugby Club members are shaken up following a break-in at their clubhouse in Exhibition Park.
“It’s made us mad,” said Andy Fraser, the KRC’s clubhouse manager. “Angry, I guess.”
The burglary occurred after about 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday and likely before daylight on Wednesday. Between $4,000 and $5,000 worth of goods were stolen.
“Sad to report my second home, our rugby club, got broken into,” Chris Chan, a longtime Kamloops Raider, posted on Facebook. “This is even more upsetting as we operate on a very small budget (unregistered non-profit) and most of our items were donated by our amazing community and club members.”
Items stolen that were donated by Chan include a Sonos sound bar and subwoofer, an Apple AirPort Extreme router and remotes. Other items taken include a Samsung TV, men’s and women’s rugby gear, a laptop, Apple TV, beverages, a donation jar for the junior fund and the club’s automated external defibrillator.
“It’s not an insignificant event for us,” Fraser said. “That’s a lot of money for a club like ours.”
Burglars gained access to the main clubhouse area through one of the change rooms. They popped locks to get into the change rooms.
“They cleaned out both change rooms,” Fraser said. “There are guys walking around missing their rugby boots and saying, ‘Where’s my jacket?’
Security updates to locks are already underway. Fraser said the club will be installing cameras and motion detectors, and reinforcing windows and doors.
“We’re having to spend a lot more money to fix the weaknesses we probably should have done before,” Fraser said. “I’m sure they [the City of Kamloops] have some ideas. It is, after all, a city-owned facility. I just let them know this [Friday] morning. They’re usually pretty good about helping us with things like this.”
Fraser suggested the thieves may have parked behind the clubhouse, between its back door and the nearest softball field at Charles Anderson Park, in an area that is not visible from River Street or the Western Canada Theatre parking lot.
“It’s completely isolated,” Fraser said. “Apparently, there was another break-in at the Lorne Street condo construction site the same night. Maybe the two events are linked. They could have just rolled down the street.”
Anyone with information on the break-in can reach Fraser at 250-371-1651.