Someone who broke into the old Salmo mill in the 1600 block of Airport Road in the last few days cleaned up before leaving, police say.
It was actually the second recent break-in at the mill, although the two incidents are not believed to be related.
The first incident occurred May 26. RCMP Cpl. Riordan Bellman says the suspect entered a fenced compound, damaged a trailer on the property, and stole a generator.
A 29-year-old man was arrested and charged Friday with one count each of mischief and theft. He was released on $1,000 bail with strict conditions.
Police then received a report that the mill was broken into again. The culprit got in to one of the main buildings by going through a plywood wall.
For some reason, they swept up before leaving, Bellman says.
While it’s unknown if anything was stolen, a brown jacket was left at the scene. Police don’t believe the man charged with the first break-in is responsible for the second one.
They’re asking anyone with information, or who may have had a similar coat to the one seized, to contact them.
Salmo RCMP also investigated a disturbance on Railway Avenue late last month and found an abandoned all-terrain vehicle on the road, which they had towed.
After a search of the area, they found a drunk 33-year-old woman who was arrested without incident. Her friend, a 28-year-old man who had also been drinking, was found pushing a small motorbike on Highway 3.
Both were given a ride home but ticketed $600 for driving without insurance.