Pipe wrenched loose in attempted copper theft at Oak Bay rec centre
The attempted theft took place at Monterey Recreation Centre at around 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, Oak Bay police said in a news release. (Oak Bay Police)
CTV Vancouver Island
Published Monday, August 27, 2018 1:27PM PDT
Police in Oak Bay are searching for would-be copper thieves who couldn't quite get the job done at a local recreation centre.
The attempted theft took place at Monterey Recreation Centre at around 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, Oak Bay police said in a news release.
Day staff at the centre called police when they saw a large three-inch diameter copper pipe had fallen on the ground of the parking lot.
Investigators found that the metal supports for the pipe were carefully unscrewed.
They say it appears that a commercial-style ratchet strap was tied to part of the pipe, with the other end tried around a vehicle to that tried to pull the pipe free.
Police seized hardware from the ratchet strap and a discarded box cutter for further investigation.
The entire section of copper pipe remained intact despite the thieves' best efforts. An investigation is ongoing.