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YMCA CEO calls for RCMP investigation into local copper wire thefts after facility targeted again

(Moncton, Dec. 4, 2019) – YMCA of Greater Moncton CEO Zane Korytko is calling for an RCMP investigation into local copper wire robberies after a theft at the Y today – the second in less than three months.

“We’re extremely frustrated and disheartened,” said Korytko. “We’d like to see a thorough RCMP investigation into what seems to be a growing issue. We’ve heard about copper wire being stolen from a school, the Cabela’s store, other businesses and now us, again. I’m flabbergasted.”

In early September, the YMCA had several light poles in its parking lot vandalized, with thieves accessing the interior of the poles and removing copper wire. Repairs cost more than $1,000.

Early this morning, light poles in the same parking lot were targeted again and copper wire removed. The total for repairs from today’s theft is being assessed. The YMCA has contacted Codiac RCMP regarding the robbery.

“In addition to dealing with these incidents, we were recently advised to post security at our satellite YMCA being constructed in the North End due to theft concerns,” said Korytko. “That security is costing us thousands of dollars every week. For a charity, all of these costs take a real toll.”

Korytko is asking anyone with information about the incidents at the Y to contact Codiac RCMP. He adds that the lights in the parking lot will be repaired as soon as possible.

The YMCA of Greater Moncton is a registered charitable organization dedicated to building healthy, strong and connected communities where everyone belongs. The Y offers a range of opportunities for people to become healthier and happier. Its focus on inclusiveness and accessibility means it serves people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through all stages of life.