Stolen Hospital fundraiser donations recovered

Five people have been arrested following the theft of thousands of dollars of property from the Yukon Hospital Foundation’s Christmas…

Five people have been arrested following the theft of thousands of dollars of property from the Yukon Hospital Foundation’s Christmas fundraiser.

On Wednesday night, thieves broke into the Yukon Convention Centre and made off with two TVs, a snowmobile, two laptop computers, liquor and “various other donated items,” said RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Roger Lockwood.

“There’s no signs of forced entry, so it’s a bit of a mystery,” said Keith Byram, chair of the Yukon Hospital Foundation.

On Thursday, police responded to a report of two youths riding a snowmachine without helmets along Robert Service Way.

The youth were arrested, along with the snowmachine, behind the Whitehorse General Hospital.

The youth then led police to the other three suspects and the other stolen items.

“My understanding is that all but one pair of Ski-Doo gloves has been recovered,” said Lockwood.

The auction will go as planned on Saturday night — with duplicate items if necessary.

“There’s various insurance options being looked at, but the donors are such that they said, ‘we’ll worry about that afterwards,’” said Byram.

“I’m pretty sure we have some security there now,” he added.

The fundraiser will help purchase a new CT scanner for the facility.

Contact Tristin Hopper at tristinh@yukon-news.com