Just before 7 a.m. on Friday morning, a town employee arrived at the office and discovered a break-in had occurred.
Gaining access through a back door, several doors had been forced open and filing cabinets inside offices had been pried opened. An antique-style vault was also broken into.
About $736 in cash and a Town of Maple Creek credit card were stolen.
“They tipped the safe over and chiseled into the side of the safe,” said Mayor Barry Rudd.
He noted the work appeared to have been done by at least two individuals who knew what they were doing.
“They weren’t here to be vandals. They were looking for one thing.”
Maple Creek RCMP and the Swift Current Forensic Identification Services attended the scene to investigate.
The town office and library were closed Friday as a result of the incident.
According to the mayor, there has been a spree of break-ins at other town offices and halls throughout the province over the past few weeks.
“Do they think that we keep a bunch of cash in the town halls because it’s tax season? I’m not sure, but we’re the same as any other business. We make deposits every day,” Rudd said.
The town credit card was discovered to have been used at a location in Swift Current early that morning before it was reported stolen and cancelled.
Local RCMP continue to search for culprits involved.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maple Creek RCMP Detachment at 306-662-5550 or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.