FORT ST. JOHN -- Fort St. John RCMP are investigating two break-and-enters at the same local restaurants just days apart.

According to Corporal Madonna Saunderson, Fort St. John RCMP responded to a report of a break at Montana’s BBQ restaurant following an alarm being activated. The incident happened on October 24 at 5:15 a.m. There was damage to the building’s point of entry, a double-layered glass door. However, it appeared that nothing was missing.

The following Tuesday, October 31, 2023, at 2:19 a.m., RCMP responded to the same location after an alarm was activated. This time, it appeared that property may have been taken, including at least three open liquor bottles.

In both incidents, the suspects were gone before police arrived. Police continue to follow all avenues of investigation, including whether the two break ins may be connected.

It comes after efforts by Fort St. John RCMP to decrease property and drug crime in September. They conducted bike and foot patrols following complaints about an increase in drug activity and property crime.

Multiple businesses were also broken into from June 20th to 22nd at a Fort St. John plaza, including Baking Me Crazy, Spicy Fusion and the dog groomers. On June 28, an unknown person broke into Cass’s Kitchen, damaging her window frame.