An archery school in Vancouver is rallying for help after having more than $25,000 of equipment stolen from its facility.
Over the weekend of August 17, Lykopis Archery, located on Commercial Drive, was broken into. The locally-owned studio says that all of the school bows, retail and student bows, and the majority of the school’s supply of arrows were taken.
A GoFundMe page, set up for the studio, also explains that insurance hadn’t come through for the business yet, meaning that “none of the loss is covered.”
“The school had only been able to fully claim the current space within the last year,” reads the GoFundMe. “For a small business created out of personal investments, held completely on the backs of the owner, administrator, and staff… this situation is devastating.”
Fortunately, due to equipment donations and the support of the studio’s students, classes have been able to continue running.
The studio also says that at this point in time, the crime is believed to be predetermined and that the suspect(s) cased the school before the robbery.
“There is a chance the stolen items have been moved out of Vancouver and could very well be on their way across Canada at this point.”
The GoFundMe, which was started on Wednesday, has raised $1,600 of its $5,000 goal. Funds will be used to replacing lost equipment, as well as equipping the school with a proper security system.
The studio also asks that the public keep an eye out for any of their items that may have been stolen. Those with information can also contact the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) the case number is # VA – 19-16654.