RCMP investigating break-in at Penticton Minor Hockey Association office

Nothing thought to be missing and police aren't linking it to investigation into former treasurer accused of misappropriating $300,000

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A police investigation is underway after a break-in at the Penticton Minor Hockey Association office earlier this week.

RCMP spokesman Sgt. Rick Dellebuur said the culprit is suspected to have gained entry to the office, located on the second floor of Memorial Arena, by tampering with the door lock between 8:30 p.m. Monday and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“It doesn’t appear anything was taken,” said Dellebuur.

He said a cash box was found on the office floor, but the box was believed to have contained only cheques and receipts.

“There’s no cash kept in that office, so they just kind of rustled through some stuff,” said Dellebuur.

Investigators don’t think the break-in is connected to the ongoing fraud investigation into the alleged misappropriation of $300,000 from PMHA by its former treasurer.

“There’s no link to that,” said Dellebuur. “It just looks like some opportunist was hoping that there was maybe some cash or something in that office.”