05/02/2013 10:29 EDT | Updated 07/02/2013 05:12 EDT

London Drugs Sues Alleged Stanley Cup Rioters

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London Drugs is suing 14 people they believe looted its Georgia Street store during the Stanley Cup riot in 2011.

The Richmond-based pharmacy and retail chain is the first company to file civil suits in small claims court against the alleged rioters.

Rioters tried for two hours to get into the downtown Vancouver store, eventually breaking through security bars and stealing more than $450,000 worth of goods and causing more than $200,000 in damages, according to the company.

Chief executive officer and president Wynne Powell says London Drugs does not expect to get paid for the damages.

"This isn't about the money," he said.

"This is about making a statement of behalf of our staff, who thought their lives were going to come to an end that night, and for Vancouverites who will not tolerate that sort of behaviour in our society."

Small claims court hears cases involving civil complaints of up to $25,000.

Powell alleges that one rioter stole electronics and sold the product online for $1,600.

London Drugs has until June 15 to file additional civil suits and plans to sue 20 more alleged rioters, Powell said.

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