George Little House is located on Kalum St., and is the heritage site that welcomes VIA Rail passengers when they stop in Terrace. (Facebook Photo)

Antique window destroyed during latest break-in at George Little House

“I feel like I let the house down,” says manager

An antique window was destroyed at Terrace’s historic George Little House in the latest of several break and enters.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on June 20, police were notified of a forcible entry into the city heritage site that left glass shattered and old wood-panelled frames broken.

“When they broke in, they wrecked things and they wrecked the 1914 frame around the window, that’s going to be hard to replace,” says manager Debbie Letawski.

“They broke the whole frame, just busted it off to pieces… the city is going to have to try to figure out how to [fix] this again [using] taxpayers’ dollars.”

Letawski says only the cash register was stolen, which had a few keys with “some dimes and nickles,” but the first floor souvenir shop was ransacked.

She says in the last six months, there have been other break-ins at the George Little House but this one has made the deepest impact.

“My devastation is whenever somebody breaks in here and wrecks things, this is what I’m supposed to be taking care of and this is where I get emotional,” she says. “The break-ins are getting worse and more brazen… I feel like I let the house down.”

Prior to the break in, George Little House ordered high-tech surveillance cameras with face detailing and “howler” sirens to scare off intruders. They arrived the morning after this latest break in, and were being installed at the time of writing this story.

The camera’s were funded by the matching security grant offered by the city and the Terrace Downtown Improvement Area (TDIA) society.

READ MORE: City of Terrace reviews downtown security patrol

Police have concluded their investigation with no arrests.

Doubling as a VIA rail station and heritage site, the souvenir shop carries a lot of high-valued items but because none of it has been stolen in the series of break and enters Letawski suspects addiction was a motivating factor.

“They’re probably desperate just for cash… I think our meth problem has a lot to do with that, they’re not looking for stuff,” she says. “I think it’s desperation… anybody that’s got a drug problem like that, don’t care.”

Last month at a city council meeting, RCMP Cst. Jeff Campbell confirmed there is a rising meth problem in Terrace.

Letawski says she hopes that once the cameras are installed and more security patrols are funded for the downtown area, it will help deter further break-ins.

If anyone has more information, contact the Terrace RCMP at (250) 638-7400 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-800-222-TIPS, online at

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


(Facebook Photo)

(Facebook Photo)

Just Posted

Terrace Minor Softball closes season with wins

Teams with be competing in nationals in Saskatoon

Bicyclist crashes into car

Police briefs July 12-14

Malicious Monster Truck Tour returns to Northwest

Crowds gathered at the airport for show

Terrace SAR rescues shopping carts in Skeena River

Many have yet to be retrieved due to high water level

VIDEO: B.C. MLA Michelle Stilwell takes first steps in nearly 30 years

‘It actually felt like walking. It’s been 27 years… but it felt realistic to me’

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Dog recovering after being drenched in hot coffee, B.C. man charged

Man was taken into custody, charged, and released pending a court date

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

Science expedition to Canada’s largest underwater volcano departs Vancouver Island

Crews prepared for a two-week research mission to the Explorer Seamount

B.C. shipyard to get one-third of $1.5 billion frigate-repair contract

The federal government has promised to invest $7.5 billion to maintain the 12 frigates

Worried about bats? Here’s what to do if you come across one in B.C.

Bat expert with the BC Community Bat Program urges caution around the small creatures

B.C. on right road with tougher ride-hailing driver rules, says expert

The provincial government is holding firm that ride-hailing drivers have a Class 4 licence

Most Read