Kingston Police are investigating a break and enter and theft at Beachcomber Hot Tubs in the city’s west end.
On the night of Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2018 at approximately 10:20 p.m., a male suspect broke into the business located at 2293 Princess Street and attempted to steal cash from the register inside the establishment. As seen on video surveillance footage, the suspect managed to detach the register from the security device locking it to the desk, and then quickly left the store with the register and money inside.
Kathy Thompson, one of the owners of Beachcomber Hot Tubs, said that it isn’t the first time this has occurred.
“It has happened a couple times in the past little while, usually it has been just the money in the register, but this time they took the entire register,” she said.
The register wasn’t a new, nor a high-end model, and may not have been worth much, but the break-ins have made the owners feel as though their losses aren’t high on the police department’s list of priorities.
“We have called to check on the past incidents and every time we are told that there is no update, or we never receive a call back at all,” said Thompson.
Video captured by security camera shows two separate incidents with what may or may not be two separate white males (see below). During both incidents, the suspect entered the establishment and went directly to the register. The suspect(s) attempted to use clothing to mask identity during the crimes.
Const. Kim Siemonsen, a media relations officer with Kingston Police, said that an officer is actively investigating the case, and that, with the video evidence, she is hopeful that the case will be solved in a timely manner.
Petty crimes and disturbances are fairly common in the area, and local business owners and residents have raised concerns in the past about the increase in activity. Kingston Police have previously stated that they attempt to take every preventative measure to deter crime within the city, and that the best thing businesses and residents can do to deter crime is to ensure that valuable and monetary items are secured, and all doors and windows are locked during nighttime hours.
Anyone with information on the break-ins at Beachcomber Hot Tubs, or who may be able to identify the person(s) in the surveillance photos/videos is asked to contact Kingston Police (613-549-4660 ext.0).
The video above is video surveillance footage from the most recent break-in and theft at Beachcomber Hot Tubs, which took place on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.
The video above is video surveillance footage from a break & enter and theft that occurred at Beachcomber Hot Tubs in late June of 2018.
With files from First Response Media.