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Airdrie Public Library building damaged in break-in attempt

By: Stacie Snow

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 12:38 pm

The glass on the front of the Airdrie Public Library has been replaced after it was broken overnight on Jan. 12. Police say nothing was taken but the front doors were shattered.
The glass on the front of the Airdrie Public Library has been replaced after it was broken overnight on Jan. 12. Police say nothing was taken but the front doors were shattered.
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The Airdrie Public Library was broken into on Jan. 12, leaving the front doors of the building smashed.

The alarm went off shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday morning and Knight Security, and the RCMP, attended to find the glass on the outer and inner entrance doors broken. According to library staff, nothing was taken from the building.

Airdrie RCMP Cst. Jennifer Morrin said a security guard notified police about the incident and there were cameras in the area but RCMP have not yet reviewed the footage. She added there were no descriptions of the culprit or culprits as of press time.

“We encourage residents to contact the police if they hear anything suspicious,” said Morrin.

“It often helps us if we can get a call from neighbours even before the alarms go off.”

Main Street Square Property Manager Vera Groen was notified and Airdrie Glass staff replaced the glass in short order. The library’s Daley Janitorial Services custodian also provided assistance to clean up the area. As a result, the library was able to open at 1 p.m. for its regular Sunday hours.

APL Director Janine Jevne said it appears the culprits were scared off by the loud alarm and then fled without taking anything. Jevne said she doesn’t understand why anyone would want to break into the community building, as there is never any money left in the library till.

“(We’ve) never had an incident like this in my almost eight years in this library,” Jevne said. “It is sad and disappointing, but in the end it is only facility damage that is easily able to be repaired.”

She extended her thanks to all who helped.

“Kudos to Pete at Knight Security; Howard, our custodian; Vera Groen, and Airdrie Glass,” Jevne said.

“With all windows and doors alarmed, five security cameras on watch, along with mall security, we feel confident that incidents will remain infrequent.”

RCMP is still investigating the matter. If you have any information on this incident, call the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200.


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