Cam­eras helps nab sus­pect

Har­bour Grace man fac­ing charges for at­tempted break-in at phar­macy

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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.

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