FSJ business already on the brink reports break and enter
Published Wednesday, July 27, 2022 4:05PM PDT Last Updated Thursday, July 28, 2022 8:25AM PDT
Joy Larstone found the front window at Headspace Artefacts smashed and thousands in merchandise missing Tuesday morning
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- A Fort St. John business already on the brink of closing has been robbed.
Last month Headspace Artefacts told CJDC TV the 100 Street construction project has interrupted the business at the worst possible time. The business owner said she didn't have any other reserves left to lose after the pandemic.
But now, the art and gift store reported a break and enter on Tuesday.
Owner Joy Larstone says a $3000 window was broken and around $2000 to $3000 in glassware was stolen overnight.
Larstone says she feels like this could be the last nail in the coffin for her business.
"We’re trying to get through this by really trying to sell off anything we can at low cost to make some money back to try and replace the window and keep in business. If we don't make some serious sales over the next maybe month, we could really see a possibility of us permanently closing," Larstone said.
After reviewing security footage, the business owner said it looks like the suspect is a youth who seemed to be scoping out the store days earlier.
Fort St. John RCMP said the investigation into the robbery repoorted at Headspace is ongoing. Police are awaiting forensic results.
Across the street a business with similar merchandise also had a window smashed. A staff member at Bill’s Fire and Water said it happened on Saturday.