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New Business Owner And Lifelong Lindsay Resident Has Shop Burglarized Twice In One Night

KAWARTHA LAKES-Brenton Hayward grew up in Lindsay and always dreamed of opening his own business in the town he loved. After two years of hard work and saving, during a pandemic, he finally took the plunge and opened his shop, Zen Tech and Trade on July 2 2021.

After being open for only a few months his shop, at 6 Lindsay Street North was burglarized twice on Sunday morning.

“I don’t know how to feel, honestly,” Hayward told Kawartha 411 News. “I thought it might be a sweet idea to open a shop in the town I grew up in, but I guess this isn’t that town anymore.”
The store was hit for the first time at approximately 4:45am when two people, carrying a large bag, appear to have broken the glass in the front entrance and took off with valuable Pokemon cards. The second break-in occurred at approximately 6:30am when two people enter through the broken door and load up with the remaining inventory on the shelves.
Hayward says the value is between $10-12,000. “I feel like our town is being handed to the scumbags.” Hayward says.
A community meeting was held last Thursday night in Lindsay to discuss an increase in crime and thefts. Residents voiced concern for their safety and their valuables.

“I don’t feel safe in my front yard.” said a resident who lives in the area and attended the community meeting. “I see a constant flow of traffic from 68 Lindsay Street North to 25 Mill Street which is a rooming house in a residential area. A constant flow of traffic back and forth with drugs. I don’t feel safe at my home when my husband is not home, I wear a car alarm on my belt and a knife in my pocket.”

Police told residents that there has been a 43% increase in addictions and mental health calls in 2021 and they are struggling to keep up. Read more here: https://www.kawartha411.ca/2021/10/15/there-has-been-a-43-increase-in-addictions-and-mental-health-calls-community-hears-at-information-session-on-crime/
Hayward feels more needs to be done.
“Literal zombies are allowed to roam aimlessly through town, stealing and making an absolute disgusting mess of streets.” he said on Facebook. “I can’t even take my kids to most parks in the area because they’ve been all but given to these junkies and thieves.”
Zen Tech and Trade offers computer sales and service, pokemon cards, Yugioh and other collectables. A Go Fund Me has been set up to help Hayward and his family. Click here for more:https://gofund.me/e3841db0
Police have been called and are investigating. If you know anyone in these videos please call police.

 

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Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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