• Saturday , 28 January 2023

ZipZone the target of Thanksgiving break in

Photo ZipZone Peachland

Joanne Layh

Thanksgiving is meant to be a day of gratitude, but that doesn’t seem to have been the case for the person or persons who attempted a break and enter at ZipZone on the holiday.

ZipZone, a ziplining adventure park, is located in the remote 5000 block of Princeton Ave.

West Kelowna RCMP Cst. Solana Paré told the View investigators have learned that a Ford F350 dually pick-up truck forced entry into the business compound and attempted to break into a sea can on the property.

“Sometime on Monday while everyone was tucking into turkey, some turkeys were tucking into ZipZone,” said ZipZone president Kevin Bennett. 

Bennett said “a couple of morons” pulled a section of fence down, drove into the base camp area, only to find the steel sea cans too well secured. 

“They left empty handed but left parts of their truck stuck on the fence and a power bank with the name ‘Mike’ scratched into it,” said Bennett, who added the evidence has been handed over to the police for forensic analysis. 

Bennett says all of the park’s belongings consist of specialized ziplining equipment, serial numbered and indelibly marked. 

“These thieves are so dumb they actually think we leave anything at ZipZone that can be sold,” said Bennett. “It’s useless outside or our park and no one would ever buy it. Pawn shops wouldn’t even look at it and if a thief were dumb enough to approach another zipline with gear like ours they’d be reported immediately.” 

Bennett says the fence is under repair and should be fixed in the next couple of days.

Cst. Paré says the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250 768 2880.

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