Grand Forks RCMP: $7K worth of equipment stolen from Grand Forks Search and Rescue

Icom UHF and Kenwood radios as well as Delorme GPS tracking units and batteries were taken from a Grand Forks Search and Rescue truck.

Grand Forks RCMP

Grand Forks RCMP

Some time between February and July 9, a person stole several items from the Grand Forks Search and Rescue truck, which was parked at a storage unit east of town.

Stolen from the truck were six Icom UHF radios, six Kenwood radios, six Delorme GPS tracking units and 12 batteries for each of the sets of radios. The approximate value of the items stolen is between $6,500 and $7,000.

“The GPS units are described as being contained in an orange/red cloth bag,” said Grand Forks RCMP’s Staff Sgt. Jim Harrison. “All of them were in a large pelican style case, orange in colour. Unfortunately, what happened was that the Grand Forks Search and Rescue team was called out for a missing person complaint and later discovered that all the items were missing. There was no sign of forced entry into the vehicle.”

Harrison said the theft is a big blow to the local search and rescue.

“They need this equipment to do their work,” he told the Gazette. “We’re really disappointed that someone would do this to an organization that is responsible for helping save people’s lives.”

Anyone with any information on the stolen items is asked contact the Grand Forks RCMP at 250-442-8288.