Thief breaks into Co-op with chainsaw one day after a thwarted smash-and-grab

A chainsaw-wielding suspect broke into the Thompson Co-op Gas Bar location at Thompson Drive South and Cree Road between 2:30 a.m. and 2:45 a.m. Aug 20 to steal cigarettes.

The suspect used the chainsaw to cut a hole in a piece of plywood covering a glass door that had been smashed the night before.

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Thompson RCMP were previously called to the gas station and convenience store shortly before 2 a.m. Aug. 19 when an alarm went off because of the door being broken. Police determined there was no damage other than the smashed glass and that nothing had been taken and the owners secured the building.

Thompson RCMP are looking for witnesses to these incidents. Anyone with information can call the detachment at 204-677-6909 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be submitted securely online at

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