Kelowna business owners frustrated by downtown break-in

Two Bernard Avenue business owners are having second thoughts about relocating downtown after their business was broken into last weekend.

Ulf Lonegren (left) and Chris Onyett's downtown web design and Internet marketing business

Ulf Lonegren (left) and Chris Onyett's downtown web design and Internet marketing business

Two Bernard Avenue business owners are having second thoughts about relocating downtown after several computers were taken from their web design and Internet marketing business last weekend.

Chris Onyett and Ulf Lonegren, directors and founders of Roketto—formerly Saelstrom Marketing—discovered their downtown office had been broken into Monday.

Two 27-inch IMac computers, one 24-inch IMac computer and a Dell Inspiron notebook—worth more than $8,000—were stolen from the business.

Roketto is currently operating out of a temporary workspace. Renovations are being done to the permanent office, which is located down the hall in the same building.

Because Lonegren and Onyett are not expecting to be in their current office very long, the business owners had not to invested in a security system and didn’t have insurance for the makeshift office.

Roketto was previously located in Glenmore; last weekend’s incident has left Onyett and Lonegren reconsidering their decision to move their business downtown.

“We were questioning whether we want to go through with the space we’ve been waiting for,” said Onyett.

He added the break-in left he and Lonegren feeling violated.

“We’re on those computers 10 hours a day, there was some personal information,” said Onyett.

The duo will likely still go through with their plans to work downtown, but they’ve already began pricing out alarm systems and security cameras to prevent a similar act from happening in the future.

“Downtown, in any city, there’s going to be that kind of risk…we just need to have the proper security in place.”

Although Onyett and Lonegren aren’t making assumptions about who was behind the theft, they found a clue Tuesday. In the building’s furnace room, the pair located one of the missing computers, along with a bike and a briefcase full of crack pipes and syringes.

Lonegren said the incident has inconveniently forced the two-man operation to spend time replacing equipment instead of getting work done for customers.

“We can’t just halt business, we’ve got to keep moving. Especially right now, we’re at a busy time,” said Lonegren.

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