Ski club volunteer back in the saddle

publié le 25 janv. 2009 à 11:43 par Benoit Fontaine   [ mis à jour le·25 janv. 2009 à 11:45 par Admin Admin ]

Alert pedestrian finds hidden snowmobile after brazen daylight theft in Chapel Hill

 
By Tony Lofaro, The Ottawa Citizen January 20, 2009
 
 'I'm So Happy It's Been Returned': The 2009 Skidoo Orléans Nordic Ski Club volunteer Frank Roscoe used to groom cross-country ski trails was taken from his driveway last week. Thanks to a man walking his dog, the snow machine is back with Mr. Roscoe.
 

'I'm So Happy It's Been Returned': The 2009 Skidoo Orléans Nordic Ski Club volunteer Frank Roscoe used to groom cross-country ski trails was taken from his driveway last week. Thanks to a man walking his dog, the snow machine is back with Mr. Roscoe.

Photograph by: Bruno Schlumberger, The Ottawa Citizen, The Ottawa Citizen

Frank Roscoe is back in the (snowmobile) saddle again. Police have found and returned the 2009 Skidoo that was stolen Jan. 11 from the driveway of his Chapel Hill home.

Mr. Roscoe, a dedicated volunteer for the Orléans Nordic Ski Club, was devastated by the theft of the snowmobile, trailer and ski groomer.

"I'm so happy it's been returned," said Mr. Roscoe, 59, a retired Parks Canada employee who for 20 years has been setting cross-country ski trails on NCC property at Mer Bleu on Anderson Road, Pine Grove Forest in the Leitrim Road area and the Hornet's Nest north of Blackburn Hamlet.

Mr. Roscoe said he couldn't believe the news when his daughter and son-in-law called him Saturday to say the snowmobile, worth about $14,200, had been found in Navan.

The Citizen reported the theft in a Jan. 13 story. Although the snowmobile and ski equipment were padlocked and parked in the driveway of his home, they were stolen in broad daylight.

The trailer and ski groomer -- which tracks cross-country trails -- were recovered the next day on a dead-end street at Innes Road and Boyer Road. Several days passed before a man walking his dog found the stolen snowmobile hidden near the Navan Curling Club .

It was returned to Mr. Roscoe in good condition with only 22 more kilometres on it. He said he had been concerned that the vehicle would be returned damaged or even stripped for parts.

Mr. Roscoe said the thieves probably intended to use the snowmobile again because it had been covered and hidden from plain sight.

The new snowmobile was donated through a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and replaced a 1993 snowmobile Mr. Roscoe had been using for almost 13 years.

He said he intends to park the recovered snowmobile in his garage from now on and has adopted a few other security measures to prevent it from being stolen again.

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