Special to the Langley Advance
A Langley collectibles shop hit by a string of break-ins and attempted break-ins is on the verge of folding after being damaged by flooding early Tuesday.
Wiser’s Wide World of Collectibles, which hosts games nights and sells items such as comic books, board games, sports memorabilia and Pokemon cards, was boarded up Tuesday after what appears to be a failed effort by ram raiders to enter the store.
Police attended Wiser’s, at 96th Avenue and 201st Street, around 3:30 a.m. for an audible alarm, said Cpl. Holly Largy, spokeswoman for the Langley RCMP.
A wood barricade being used to replace a metal garage door – which had apparently been destroyed by a large vehicle in a previous break-in attempt – was smashed, breaking an overhead sprinkler and causing a minor flood, Largy said.
The store’s owner, Christopher Wise, wasn’t sure if anything went missing, but estimated $2,000 worth of inventory had been destroyed, Largy said.
The store is retrieving surveillance footage for RCMP investigators to review.
Wise wasn’t available for comment Tuesday but a post to the store’s Facebook page suggests the most-recent damage may be the last straw for him.
“Wiser’s Collectibles will be closed for an undetermined amount of time as we have had a second vehicle (smash) into us and this time hit the sprinkler, destroying a lot of the store. After 28 years I may have to walk away as my heart is broken.”
Tuesday night’s flooding followed a trio of attempted robberies during the past three weeks.
On Dec. 15, the business’s door was damaged, but no one gained access to the building.
On Dec. 18, police responded to an alarm and found a vehicle at the scene after the store’s garage door was smashed. The vehicle was seized, but a K9 unit was unable to establish tracks. Hockey cards worth about $3,500 were missing. On Dec. 30, someone tried to drill through the wood barricade, but failed to gain access.
– Nick Eagland is a reporter for the Vancouver Province