Stolen property recovered after Fort Simpson convenience store robbery


CKLB file photo

Two 15-year-olds were responsible for a break and enter and robbery at a Fort Simpson convenience store earlier this week, RCMP say.

Police responded to the break-in at Unity Store on Monday, September 12.

A photo of the recovered goods. (Photo provided by the RCMP.)

Cigarettes and lighters were stolen during the incident.

Police later identified two 15-year-olds as the perpetrators, and the stolen items were found.

According to the RCMP, the store owner agreed to have the case referred to a restorative justice committee rather than the courts.

After the burglary, one of the store owners posted about the incident on Facebook. He said the two youths, a man and a woman, passed by twice that morning, at 3 a.m. and 3:35 a.m.

He wrote that the incident is the result of larger systemic issues in communities like Fort Simpson.

“Indirectly, the government is morally and ethically responsible for the break-in at my store,” he wrote. “There is so much moral debt to pay to small communities as there is financial debt.”

CKLB has contacted owner Muaz Hassan for comment.

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