Thieves have targeted two of the five bowling pins at Cariboo Bowling Lanes on 1st Ave. in Williams Lake recently. Cariboo Bowling Lanes owner John Dell is asking the community to keep their ears and eyes open for the aluminum pins in hopes of having them returned for everyone to enjoy. Angie Mindus photo

Thieves make off with landmark bowling pins

Cariboo Bowling Lanes owner John Dell hopes public can solve the case of the missing pins

Cariboo Bowling Lanes owner John Dell wants his bowling pins back.

Thieves took two of the five large, aluminum bowling pins off the side of the First Avenue business in recent weeks. A few months before that, the bowling ball which went with the pins was also ruined and had to be taken down when someone tried to take it off the side of the building.

“We are hoping we can get them back, we hope the public will hear something or see something and let us know,” Dell said Tuesday.

Dell said the two outer pins were the lowest ones on the wall, which made them more vulnerable to thieves.

“They were the low-hanging fruit.”

The owner said they are a five-pin bowling lane, not a three-pin which is what’s left on the wall, and that it’s a shame one or two people would ruin it for everyone.

“It’s just nonsensical. If they wanted to look at them, they could have just driven by and looked at them whenever they wanted.”

In light of recent statistics which suggest Williams Lake is the fourth most dangerous place to live based on its size and crime rates, Dell thinks it is cases like these where the community needs to band together to help one another and stop or solve crimes when possible.

“When these things happen in the community, the honest folks need to work together.”

Dell said he remains hopeful he will see the pins returned.

“We are eager to have them back.”

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