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Thieves steal eight Segways from tour operator

Segways used for touring at Shuswap Unique Adventure Tours were stolen overnight May 29. Police would appreciate the public’s help in locating the eight Segways.  - photo contributed
Segways used for touring at Shuswap Unique Adventure Tours were stolen overnight May 29. Police would appreciate the public’s help in locating the eight Segways.
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A Shuswap business owner is asking people to keep their eyes peeled for any sign of the eight Segways stolen from her business last week.

The single-person stand-up vehicles were stolen from Shuswap Unique Adventure Tours’ secure Scotch Creek compound at some point overnight on Thursday, May 29.

“It was secured very well,” company owner Barb Rivest said. “But, if someone wants something bad enough, they’re going to get it.”

Chase Mounties have said thieves  broke into the compound to steal a horse trailer containing the eight Segways.

Rivest said the self-balancing scooters don’t have much value on the black market.

“The thing with these machines is they’re not that valuable to steal if people aren’t in the Segway system,” she said.

“The serial numbers are out there, all across North America, so you can’t get parts, you can’t get service [on stolen units].”

She said she’s heard in the past of stolen Segways being dumped and asked people to keep an eye out for the units or the white horse trailer with which they were stolen.

“Best-case scenario, people find these Segways and they get them back to me,” Rivest said.

“If we can find these, that is the best thing.”

Police said they believe the theft was targeted and was likely committed by someone with knowledge of the business.

The loss is estimated at $60,000 and the burglary comes just as tourist season in the Shuswap is about to begin. Anyone with information is asked to call the Chase RCMP at 250-679-3221.

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