February 18, 2016 12:25 am
Updated: February 18, 2016 2:11 am

Support pours in for community group after snow-clearing equipment stolen

WATCH ABOVE: Edmontonians lend a hand to the North Millbourne Community League after its snow-clearing equipment was recently stolen. Julia Wong reports.

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The North Millbourne Community League said it has been receiving an outpouring of support after news earlier this week that thieves made off with their snow-clearing equipment.

Surveillance tapes show that around midnight on Saturday, two men managed to get into the storage area where the community group keeps its snow blower and sweeper. The equipment is valued at approximately $12,000. A leaf blower was also stolen.

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Brandon Kowalczyk, the league’s vice president, said several people and businesses have also offered to lend a hand to the community league, which had to shut down two outdoor hockey rinks as a result of the theft.

“Edmonton is really showing us the spirit is very much alive in Edmonton. A lot of people have come forth to make the city a better place and help us run a rink of the community,” Kowalczyk said.

“It feels very good. It’s so uplifting. It’s very inspiring. It’s very energizing and makes us want to continue to support structure we have put in the community to continue this type of environment for our residents.”

He notes that the league has received offers for new snow blowing equipment as well as financial donations.

The league has insurance on the snow blowing equipment. Kowalczyk said that the group is filing a claim and may accept the offers for donations if insurance does not cover the whole cost of the snow-clearing gear.

Kowalczyk said that changes have since been made to the deadbolts of the building and temporary security guards have been hired to keep an eye on the location.

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