Impeccable RCMP timing thwarts break-in at Weaver and Devore

Last modified: December 12, 2019 at 4:47pm

Coincidence turned thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise into a simple break-and-enter case for RCMP at Yellowknife store Weaver and Devore.

Dave Weaver told Cabin Radio a theft was attempted at the store, in Old Town, between 3am and 3:30am on Thursday. Three people entered the building by breaking a window and a glass door.

The three had gathered a range of parkas and winter wear to steal, said Weaver, but were interrupted on leaving the store by an RCMP patrol driving by at the same time.


Police spokesperson Julie Plourde told Cabin Radio the officers chased them on foot and called in backup from the RCMP’s police dog and forensic identification services.

“It was perfect timing. They were able to nab them right there and then, without loss of product,” Weaver said.

Michael Sharpe, 37, of Yellowknife was arrested. He has since been charged with break and enter, as well as an additional charge of resisting or obstructing a peace officer. Plourde added that the investigation into the theft is ongoing.

While the store hasn’t suffered any other recent break-ins, Weaver said there are cases of shoplifting. The store has an alarm.

“That’s the fortune of the business. You have your good days and you have your bad days,” Weaver said.


An Old Town institution, Weaver and Devore has been in operation since 1936.

The store carries winter clothing and gear for prospectors, miners, fishers, hunters, alongside supplies for the increasing numbers of tourists.

Three would-be thieves entered Weaver and Devore by breaking a window and a glass door. Emelie Peacock/Cabin Radio