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Wednesday, 08 August 2012 15:41

Swift Current RCMP finds stolen spray park pole

Written by  Matthew Liebenberg
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Users of a spray park in Swift Current are still able to enjoy the upgraded equipment this summer after the RCMP found a key component that was stolen a few weeks ago.

Saskatoon contractor Reg Carmichael was overjoyed to receive a call from the police. He was able to install the nine-foot high spin soaker, which weighs over 200 pounds and is valued at around $8,500, in Rotary Park on July 30.
“It saved me a lot of money and we got the project finished and everything is good,” he said.
“The component was still in its original wrapping, so it wasn’t damaged at all.”
Carmichael discovered the theft of the large spin soaker with its wheel handle when he arrived at the worksite on July 4.
Const. Manuel Borges said finding the component has been good news for everyone involved.
“For sure the contractor is happy and we’re happy obviously, but definitely the happiest ones I think will be the kids because they will have access to that now like they should have,” he noted.
Police did not release any more details about the case because the disappearance of the spray park pole is still under investigation. They are asking for people’s assistance with the investigation.
“If you have some information, definitely give us a call and let us know so we can follow up on it,” Borges said.
Carmichael, who is the owner of the construction company Dynamic Construction, has been building water parks for more than 30 years, including half a dozen in Swift Current. This is the first time that an item has been taken from one of his worksites.
The spin soaker is made to order by a company in Kelowna, B.C. It usually takes six to eight weeks to manufacture. He has already submitted an order for another one when he received a call from the police about the recovery of the existing one.
“They just started putting it into their books to manufacture another one, so I was able to get it cancelled right away,” he said.
Carmichael did not have any insurance on the spray pole, as his liability insurance did not include coverage for theft. He has already taken steps to prevent a similar situation from happening at any of his future projects across the province.
“Two things we’re going to do,” he said. “We’re not going to ever leave any pieces lying around that are worth a lot of money and the second thing is I’ve got insurance in place already if something like that happens again.”
This insurance will cover any other unforeseen events on the worksite while he is still responsible for the spray park items.
“Before we pour concrete and complete the project, it’s still my responsibility,” he said. “Someone could actually go in and take the bolts off and take one away or they can vandalize them. At least I have my insurance in place now to cover me because I never had that happen before and hopefully it will never happen again.”
Anyone with information on the spray park pole can contact the Swift Current RCMP at (306) 778-4870 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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