YK’s Monkey Tree Pub reports break-in and robbery

The owner of Sam’s Monkey Tree Pub, in uptown Yellowknife, says the establishment was broken into and robbed just before 5am on Friday.

Jennifer Vornbrock told Cabin Radio liquor stolen was only worth a couple hundred dollars – but damage the suspect caused to the pub’s doors and locks will cost thousands to replace.

Vornbrock, who had reviewed security camera footage of the reported incident, said a suspect used a crowbar to break into the kitchen. Despite alarms going off, the suspect kicked in another door – where the restaurant’s liquor was locked – and took about five bottles. 


She said the suspect was in and out in about two minutes.

In pictures captured by the cameras, the suspect is wearing black pants, a grey hoodie, shoes, and hat, with a black backpack. They wore black gloves and a neck warmer.

Vornbrock said this is not the first time the Monkey Tree has had liquor stolen in recent months. 

“It’s tough on small business owners,” she said, explaining it’s often easier to pay out of pocket for repairs than go through insurance.

RCMP confirmed they received a call on Friday morning regarding the alleged break-and-enter. 


“The investigation is ongoing and no arrest has been made,” a police spokesperson told Cabin Radio on Friday afternoon.

Vornbrock in encouraging anyone who recognizes the person captured on camera to contact her or the police.