A series of locked rescue gear used to help those lost and in trouble in the back country has been stolen from North Shore Search and Rescue.
Spokesperson Doug Pope says the theives not only stole property, but they also vandalized what they left behind.
He says, “We can’t fathom what type of person would think to go and steal gear from a volunteer organization such as ours. We’re very dissapointed.”
With thousands of dollars in gear stolen and destroyed, Pope says they don’t know what they’ll do.
He says this is one of the busiest times of the year for his team of volunteers and they need to equipment to help save lives.
Anyone who may have seen someone walking away with this gear last weekend in the Hanes Valley route behind Grouse Mountain is asking to contact their local RCMP.