Forensic investigator Trish LaFrance of the Campbell River RCMP detachment examines the broken window a perpetrator used to gain entrance into Sporty Bar & Grill in Port Hardy last Wednesday.

Forensic investigator Trish LaFrance of the Campbell River RCMP detachment examines the broken window a perpetrator used to gain entrance into Sporty Bar & Grill in Port Hardy last Wednesday.

Sporty suffers repeat break-in

Local RCMP are asking the public for help in solving a series of recent break-ins at Sporty Bar & Grill.

PORT HARDY—Local RCMP are asking the public for help in solving a series of recent break-ins at Sporty Bar & Grill.

The establishment was hit sometime in the early morning hours Tuesday, the second time in less than a week and fourth in the last two months, owner Cory Klassen said.

Staff sergeant Gord Brownridge of Port Hardy’s RCMP detachment declined to share details of the break-ins while the investigation is ongoing.

“We did have an FIS investigator in from Campbell River last week processing the scene,” Brownridge said of a Jan. 8 break-in at Sporty. “They will be coming up (Tuesday) as well; that’s part of the ongoing investigation.”

The repeated nature of the break-ins is taking a toll on Klassen, who admits to “a growing level of frustration.”

Each break-in forces the establishment to remain closed while investigators process the scene. And there is the added cost of clean-up and repairs following the illegal entries.

“Sooner or later it’s going to impact the level of services we’re able to provide,” Klassen said. “No business can put up with this on a continuing basis.”

Anyone with any information on these break-ins is asked to contact Port Hardy RCMP at 250-949-6335 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).