A Surrey realtor and homeowner are warning other prospective sellers to be cautious following a brazen theft during an open house.
Curtis Hellofs decided to leave his surveillance camera on inside his home office so he could track how many people came to their first open house. Instead, he ended up recording a theft.
“She definitely knew what she was doing,” Hellofs said. “You can see her taking something out and putting it in her bag and turns out it was a bluetooth speaker.”
Hellofs said his wife’s perfume was also missing from their bedroom along with a pouch containing his son’s baby teeth.
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“I wouldn’t have even noticed that this had happened probably for a couple of weeks if I didn’t have that video,” he said.
The open house attracted about 60 people. Given Metro Vancouver’s hot housing market, Hellof’s realtor, Tammy Evans, said the traffic is typical.
“I try to introduce myself to everybody, make sure I know whether they’ve come with a realtor or not,” Evans said. “Everything I can do to make sure that I know who’s going through the house.”
In this case, Evans said she saw the woman enter the home, but was busy with another prospective buyer. She said the woman didn’t look suspicious.
“In this case, somebody that looked very innocuous came through — looked like she’d just come back from a shopping trip or a yoga class and she managed to get her hands on several things,” Evans said.
This isn’t the first time an open house has been a target. During another open house in Surrey in April, a female real estate agent said she was assaulted.
Evans described the woman as Caucasian, about 5’6″ tall with blonde hair. She was wearing a blue shirt and jeans and had a shoulder bag.
Hellofs and Evans hope their story serves as a wake-up call for anyone selling their home — hiding your valuables during an open house might not be enough.
“It’s possible that things are happening and people aren’t realizing that something’s been lifted,” Evans said. “I’m going to be watching carefully for people that I wouldn’t normally be alarmed by. I’m going to be scrutinizing everybody.”
Veteran receiver Clarence Denmark won’t be continuing his CFL career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Denmark was among Saskatchewan’s 20 final cuts Sunday as CFL teams reduced their rosters to the league-mandated 46-man active roster.
Denmark joined the Riders this off-season as a free agent after being released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
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“Tough biz we deal with but this gives me the chance to slide to the peg to see my lil man on Father’s Day,” Denmark tweeted. “See the good in everything #life.”
Tough biz we deal with but this gives me the chance to slide to the peg to see my lil man on Father’s Day. See the good in everything #life
— Clarence Denmark (@OnAnotherOne) June 19, 2016
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Denmark had 306 career catches for 4,165 yards and 16 TDs in 88 regular-season appearances with Winnipeg. He was a West Division all-star in 2014 after amassing 1,080 receiving yards.
The Riders also released quarterback Brett Smith, who completed 142-of-224 passes for 1,822 yards with 15 TDs against nine interceptions as a rookie last season. Defensive linemen Eric Norwood and Dylan Ainsworth, quarterback Phillip Sims and offensive lineman Jarriel King and Matt Vonk went on the six-game injured list.
Saskatchewan also acquired international defensive back Brandon McDonald from the Calgary Stampeders for a negotiation list player. The five-foot-11, 185-pound McDonald enters his third CFL season after splitting the previous two with Ottawa and the Stamps.
The defending Grey Cup-champion Edmonton Eskimos released nine players, including veteran Canadian safety Cauchy Muamba. The six-year veteran spent the last two seasons in Alberta after playing for the B.C. Lions and Winnipeg.
Also released by Edmonton was former Toronto Argonauts receiver Natey Adjei.
Canadian linebacker Herve Tonye-Tonye and American defensive back Shane Herbert were among 16 players released by Toronto. The Argos also added running back Chad Kackert, the MVP of the 2012 Grey Cup, to their practice roster after releasing the veteran last week.
As the Vancouver School Board struggles to cut its operating costs, one of the city’s historic buildings will close.
The yellow wood-frame school at Carleton Elementary on Kingsway will shut down this summer and remain locked for 2016-17 school year. Students will be transferred to the brick building next door.
“It’s money and that’s why they’re doing it, and it’s a huge tragedy for our neighbourhood,” Vancouver-Kingsway NDP MLA Adrian Dix said.
“The space, the people, the teachers, the friendships, you can’t put a price on that,” parent Ann Wong said.
Wong’s two children attended Carleton and she fought to save the school once before. When the VSB faced an $18-million shortfall in 2010, trustees looked at the possibility of closing Carleton. Parents rallied, and the school remained opened.
“I can’t just believe that six years later we’re having to go through this exact same thing again,” Wong said.
Now, the VSB is facing pressure from the province to ensure schools are 95 per cent full. It’s part of the criteria the district must meet in order to receive provincial funding for seismic upgrades. Carleton only has roughly 300 students and is less than three-quarters full.
But school supporters say the province chose the historic building as a backdrop for its 2005 announcement of funding for a wide seismic mitigation program. Yet, more than a decade later Carleton remains unchanged.
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“It’s really disheartening when you hear someone say we promise to do ‘X’ but nothing happens….at this point, maybe if I hold my breath, maybe my grandchildren will see it,” Wong said.
Tomorrow, the Vancouver School Board will release a list of schools that could face closure. Trustees say they may need to shutter up to 21 schools over the next 14 years.
Nobody from the VSB would say whether Carleton is on that list.
Premier Christy Clark toured flood-ravaged parts of the Peace Region Sunday afternoon, saying more has to be done to prepare for extreme weather events.
“When I was up in the Peace two months ago, the place was on fire,” she said. “And now it’s underwater. Really, we have to, across Canada, get used to the fact that weather events are getting more extreme. Climate change is having a big impact, so we have to adapt.”
On Sunday, Clark said the province is spending $65 million this year for flood mitigation and urged the federal government to do more.
Dawson Creek is in recovery mode as roads were ripped apart and the CN Rail line through town was washed out.
Clark said they will explore the possibility of building bridges to replace culvert systems that were damaged by the flood.
[email protected] said a bridge replacing the culvert for 8th street is a long-term possibility. pic.twitter长沙桑拿/RpZzwkb0gP
— Justin McElroy (@j_mcelroy) June 19, 2016
In Moberly Lake, northwest of town, Reg Whiten is stranded on his own property after raging floodwaters tore up the bridge he uses to get to his home.
“I had a bridge here, a beautiful steel bridge,” he said. “It didn’t last.”
The Moberly River remains under a flood warning today.
In other areas of Northeastern B.C., alerts have been downgraded to high stream flow advisories. People affected by the flooding will be able to learn about possible financial support at community meetings in Dawson Creek Monday and Chetwynd on Tuesday.
– With files from Justin McElroy and Kristen Robinson