Cameras helps nab suspect
Harbour Grace man facing charges for attempted break-in at pharmacy
An elaborate security system at Sinyard’s Pharmacy in Harbour Grace helped police track down and arrest the man suspected of breaking into the business early on the morning of Sunday, May 25.
The accused, 26-year-old Christ-opher Gary Crane of Harbour Grace, faces charges of break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence, and failure to comply with a probation order.
He was later arrested, based largely on high quality video footage captured at the scene. Those working at the building were also able to identify the accused.
Crane was scheduled to appear for a bail hearing at provincial court on Wednesday, but the matter was delayed and Crane was remanded into custody. He was scheduled for a bail hearing on Friday, though the outcome of that matter was unavailable prior to deadline.
Police say Crane also has outstanding arrest warrants in St. John’s.
It was the second incident at Sinyard’s Pharmacy — also home to the Harbour Grace Medical Clinic — this year. On Feb. 14, a fire at the former location on Harvey Street forced the business to look for a new home.
“It makes you wonder,” Sinyard’s Pharmacy owner Madonna Rose said. “You just got to have a thick skin to be at this.”
Crane is alleged to have entered the temporary home of the business at 29 Harvey Street — also known as the BABB building — at about 6 a.m. Dr. Gerald Power was offering an early morning clinic at the time.
Rose said it appears Crane went to the clinic, seemingly intending to visit with Dr. Power. According to Rose, it appears the accused waited for the doctor’s office to be empty, and then made his way to the pharmacy entrance, where he “used something sharp” to pry open the door.
Rose said this set off a silent alarm.
The accused went back to the doctor’s office, where he could be seen pacing back and forth. Moments later, she added, the accused went back to the pharmacy and entered the business. Once he passed a certain point, he triggered a loud klaxon alarm, and video shows the man immediately leaving the pharmacy, with the door latching behind him.
Nothing was taken from the pharmacy, Rose noted.
When an employee with Sinyard’s Pharmacy later arrived at the building, the accused was still in the area of the clinic. It wasn’t until staff later reviewed the surveillance video that they realized what had occurred, Rose said.
“It was very strange,” said Rose. “We knew who he was. We could identify him.”
Rose said investing in a high quality security system paid off, and ensured police had sufficient evidence to find the suspect and lay charges.
She would not speculate on the motive for the break-in, but stressed her pharmacy does not dispense methadone to aid those dealing with addictions, or carry other narcotics such as Oxycodone.
She described the level of vandalism and the number of breakins in recent years in the region as “ridiculous,” and noted “this type of stuff was unheard of five or 10 years ago.”
“The only thing we an do is make sure we are as secure as we can be,” she added.