The mens section and brand name men’s wear at Mini Mee Clothing was cleared out during the break ins. Submitted/ Kim Short.

The mens section and brand name men’s wear at Mini Mee Clothing was cleared out during the break ins. Submitted/ Kim Short.

Rimbey business broken into twice in 10 days, thousands worth of merchandise stolen

Mini Mee Clothing and Accessories in Rimbey was broken into and stolen from twice within 10 days.

Mini Mee Clothing and Accessories in Rimbey has not had the start to the new year that they were hoping for. This month the local retailer has been broken into twice within the span of 10 days and had thousands of dollars of merchandise stolen.

Mini Mee owner Kim Short says the first break in took place Jan. 17 at 2 a.m. Short said she received a call about the break in and immediately drove to the store and contacted the RCMP.

“My heart just sunk,” Short says. “I noticed they had cleared out pretty much all of the winter section. They targeted the brand name men’s section and brand name winter clothes.”

Short says Mini Mee has been in Rimbey for five years and they haven’t had a single problem, not even a shoplifting incident. In fact, Short says one of her reasons for choosing Rimbey as a home for her business was the small town atmosphere and safety of the Town.

On Jan. 26 at approximately 1 a.m. Short received another call that Mini Mee Clothing and Accessories had been broken into again.

“The first time I was super sad the second time I was super angry,” says Short. “They cleaned me out of everything men’s. I was very angry and defeated.”

All the men’s and winter wear that were stolen during both break ins were brand names, including Roxy, Volcom and Buffalo, Short says.

Given that the items were brand name Short says the loss was significant. She says, “at my cost it was around $24,000.”

RCMP advised Short to watch the Facebook buy and sell pages and to keep her eyes open around the community incase the thieves try to sell the stolen items elsewhere.

Rimbey RCMP say they are still investigating but cannot disclose more about the double break in as it is currently an open investigation.

The RCMP also encourage business owners to install camera systems at their businesses, a crucial element to helping RCMP in their investigation should a break in occur. They also suggest alarming your business and installing enhanced or reinforced locks to deter theft.

Short says after the second break in she has reinforced locks installed at Mini Mee and although she says its something she never wanted to have to do, is looking at getting bars on the windows as well as cameras installed.

In the end, the break ins have not resulted in the closure of Mini Mee Clothing and Accessories, Short says they are still open and looking forward to serving the community.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

The mens section and brand name men’s wear at Mini Mee Clothing was cleared out during the break ins. Submitted/ Kim Short.

The mens section and brand name men’s wear at Mini Mee Clothing was cleared out during the break ins. Submitted/ Kim Short.

Just Posted

Alberta Health reported two new COVID-19 deaths in Red Deer Friday. (Image courtesy CDC)
Two more deaths linked to Olymel outbreak in Red Deer

Province reported 356 additional COVID-19 cases Friday

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks during a news conference in Edmonton on Feb. 24, 2020. It’s budget day in the province, and Kenney’s United Conservative government is promising more help in the fight against COVID, but more red ink on the bottom line. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta’s budget promises more help for COVID-19 with a hard deficit

Annual spending on debt interest is closing in on $3 billion

The Town of Sylvan Lake has launched a new contest to attract a new business. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Sylvan Lake offering rent-free storefront space to lure new businesses

Winning business proposal will get a storefront space rent-free for a year

Alberta reported an additional 399 cases of COVID-19 Thursday, on 9,217 tests, for a test positivity rate of 4.3 per cent. (Image courtesy CDC)
Red Deer down to 562 active COVID-19 cases

8 new COVID-19 deaths, 399 additional COVID-19 cases

Mike Ammeter (Photo by Rebecca Hadfield)
Sylvan Lake man elected chair of Canadian Canola Growers Association

Mike Ammeter is a local farmer located near the Town of Sylvan Lake

Bookings for COVID-19 vaccines for people age 75 or older start Wednesday. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Updated: Delays for seniors booking for vaccine appointments

By 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, 4,500 seniors had booked their appointments

A helicopter flies past a mountain near McBride, B.C., on Saturday January 30, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Avalanche warning for backcountry users in North and South Rockies

Avalanche Canada is urging backcountry users to always check their regional avalanche forecasts

Supporters pray outside court in Stony Plain, Alta., on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, as a trial date was set for Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church. He is charged with holding Sunday services in violation of Alberta’s COVID-19 rules and with breaking conditions of his bail release. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Trial date for jailed Alberta pastor charged with breaking COVID-19 health orders

The court says it will reconvene with lawyers on March 5 for a case management plan by teleconference

A pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. (Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing)
Canada approves use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

The country joins more than a dozen others in giving the shot the green light

Emily Keeping of Wetaskiwin, Alta., was last seen at 4:20 p.m. on Feb. 25, 2021 at the FasGas on 49 St and 50 Ave in Wetaskiwin. Supplied/ Wetaskiwin RCMP.
UPDATE: Wetaskiwin RCMP seek assistance in locating missing 11-year-old

Emily Keeping was last seen on Feb. 25, 2021 at the FasGas on 49 St and 50 Ave in Wetaskiwin.

Alberta premier Jason Kenney, right and Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, provide details about Bill 13, the Alberta Senate Election Act., in Edmonton Alta, on Wednesday June 26, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Minister Doug Schweitzer talks on Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit

Provincial government rolling out new benefit this April to better help small businesses.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
NDP will not trigger election as long as pandemic continues: Singh

‘“We will vote to keep the government going’

Minister Rick Wilson poses with Katie at the Boys and Girls Club of Wetaskiwin, both wearing her Pink Shirt Day design. Facebook/ Boys and Girls Club of Wetaskiwin.
Wetaskiwin Boys and Girls club Pink Shirt day design focuses on kindness

Katie with the Boys and Girls Club of Wetaskiwin created this year’s Pink Shirt Day design.

Most Read