January 20, 2017 2:33 pm
Updated: January 20, 2017 9:06 pm

Stolen snow sweeper ‘heartbreaking’ for Calgary community

WATCH ABOVE: Residents living in Winston Heights and Mountview are on the lookout for a community rink sweeper stolen earlier this month. Jenna Freeman reports.

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Residents living in Winston Heights and Mountview are on the lookout for a community rink sweeper stolen earlier this month.

The sweeper is used by volunteers to help clear the ice at the Winston Heights-Mountview Community Association outdoor rink, located in the 500 block of 27 Avenue N.E.

People have been flocking to the rink for decades.

Melina Tell and her family said one of the reasons she moved to the community was to take advantage of the ice.

“This is a place where people come to get fresh air,” she explained. “It’s invaluable to have this in the winter.”

She was disheartened to hear that someone took something so essential to those that volunteer tirelessly in the community.

“Really it’s a labour of love…it’s heartbreaking.”

A post on the Winston Heights Community Association website said the sweeper was taken at around 5 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Do you recognize this truck? It's alleged the driver stole a rink sweeper from Winston Heights-Mountview Community Association outdoor rink on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.

Surveillance photos appear to show a dark-coloured truck drive into the storage area, then leave with the sweeper in the truck bed.

The truck is a four-door with a “High Level Trucking Inc.” decal on its back window.

The sweeper, an Ariens 24” model 920014, has an “NCE Enterprises Inc.” decal on it.

The sweeper, an Ariens 24” model 920014, has an “NCE Enterprises Inc.” decal on it.

http://winstonheights.ca/

Karl Sonnichsen said since putting up the post, people from all over the city started contacting the association with information.

“We’ve had a lot of information that has come back to us that we’ve been able to pass onto police about what happened that evening.”

He said it was hard to have to explain to his young daughter what had happened.

“She doesn’t really understand. Somebody took something and you’re not supposed to take things from  people.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the sweeper or the identity of the truck driver is asked to call Calgary police.

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