Workers hit hard by thefts at Riverside

Workers hit hard by thefts at Riverside


Lyonel Doherty
Oliver Chronicle

A carpenter struggling to make a living in Oliver was hit hard Wednesday night when someone broke into his trailer and stole $5,000 worth of tools.

“It seems so hopeless,” Roy Robinson told the Chronicle.

The finishing carpenter has been working at Riverside Place construction site on McKinney Road. Some time overnight thieves entered the fenced compound and broke into workers’ trailers and stole numerous tools. 

Robinson’s trailer was secured by a heavy padlock, which took considerable effort to break into pieces. Once inside, the thieves took a bunch of his tools that were relatively new. They even took his work clothes and a microwave oven.

“How much more can a person take? The crime in this small community is out of control.”

Robinson and his common law wife moved to Oliver 14 months ago. 

“We like small town living; it’s a beautiful place. We were looking at semi-retiring here, but that has been put on hold.”

Robinson said the incident has left a sour taste in his mouth, almost to the point he might leave town.

“I require and desperately need these tools to provide for myself and my family.”

Robinson is no stranger to theft as he was hit two other times, one in Rocky Mountain House where he lost $21,000 worth of tools.

He just started rebuilding his tool inventory when thieves struck again Wednesday night.

Robinson noted the construction site utilizes motion sensors and security cameras. 

Personally, he does what he can by engraving his name on his tools and locking them up, but that doesn’t seem to help.

“It’s hard enough in B.C. to make ends meet, and with this happening it totally destroys our plans for the future.”

Sergeant Blaine Gervais of the Oliver RCMP said they are actively investigating this file, noting that the circumstances have been distributed to other RCMP detachments.

“No witnesses have come forward at this time, and no viable suspects have been identified.”

Gervais said the storage of tools at a construction site poses the risk they could be targeted by thieves.