• Hannah Sabourin

Cops looking for village bandits

Police in Wakefield are on the lookout for bandits who robbed a vacant business on Aug. 23.


According to the MRC des Collines police, one or more robbers broke into the former restaurant, Chez Éric, at 10:30 pm on Aug. 23. On the same night, a short-lived rain storm caused power failures in the village. The day after the robbery, Che Chartrand, the owner of Chez Éric noticed that a couple thousand dollars worth of tools and lumber was missing from his property at 28 Ch. de la Vallée-de-Wakefield. According to Sergeant Martin Fournel, Chartrand reported the incident to the MRC des Collines police around noon on Aug. 24. The day after the robbery, Che Chartrand, the owner of Chez Éric took to Facebook to write that burglars stole tools and lumber from his property at 28 Ch. de la Vallée-de-Wakefield.


While thieves successfully robbed Chartrand’s building, they were less so at breaking into the ice cream shop across the street — Sur la Lune.


When Rowan Edwards arrived at the Wakefield ice cream shop for her Aug. 24 shift, she noticed scratch marks on the back door. As the first person to open the shop, she said those marks looked like someone was trying to pick the lock.


Because of the power outage, “the cameras were not working,” said Edwards. “We weren’t open [that late], so there was no one here.”


She expressed worries about the attempted break-in, saying someone tried to break into Sur la Lune at least once before, also during a power outage.


“I think there was [a burglary attempt] in May, but the power was out then, too,” she explained.


Edwards has no other information about the previous break-in or whether or not charges were laid. Fournel said that “in the past two years – with COVID-19 – there have been a few [break-ins in Wakefield] but it has been decreasing almost every year.”