Volunteer search and rescue organization has equipment stolen by thieves

London, Ontario – Approximately one month ago, on September 16, 2020, equipment belonging to the volunteer organization, London Search and Rescue (LSAR) was stolen from a secure trailer on King Street. While the initial investigation yielded no information leading to the recovery of the stolen property or those responsible for taking it, members of the London Police Service are now appealing to the public.

The London Search and Rescue team was founded in 2002, and is a non-profit organization, with volunteers trained in ground search and rescue to locate lost or missing persons. The organization regularly assists police services in London and surrounding areas.

Search and Rescue
Search and Rescue

“At a time when demand on our front line police resources is high,” says Inspector Bill Berg from the London Police Service Patrol Support Branch. “We rely heavily on our community partners to assist. Searching for missing persons is one of those very important functions, and having the ability to rely on assistance from LSAR is essential to the community. If anyone has any information, please reach out to us.”

The stolen items are necessary to assist with important ground searches involving missing and vulnerable persons, and we are asking members of the public to contact us if they have any information in relation to the stolen property. “Although the theft of our property was very unfortunate, the response from the community of London and beyond has been absolutely humbling,” says Bart Sherman, current commander of LSAR. “We appreciate the opportunity to share our story.”

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in online anonymously to www.londoncrimestoppers.com

London Police Service



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