Home invasion victim back in house
Both suspects in custody following arrest in Bay Roberts
Determined to stay in her own house, the elderly Bay Roberts woman involved in a Mother’s Day home invasion returned to her residence late last week, according to family members.
It was less than a week after a pair of men entered her home in the early morning hours of May 9 requesting transportation to the nearest bank. They already had her bank card and car keys.
In defiance, the woman, who is in her mid-eighties, refused their request and did not leave her bed. One of the men was brandishing a knife.
The pair emptied what they could into a suitcase and left the premises. After they left, the woman called the police. Mem- bers of the Trinity Conception RCMP arrived at the woman’s home not long after she dialed
the emergency number.
A police dog was used in the search that resulted in the arrest of two men — Evan Fry, 21, and Joshua Burton, 22 — less than 12 hours after her home was entered.
Earlier in the evening a car was stolen from a different residence in the community.
The woman declined an interview request from The Compass. She stayed with family in the area for a few nights prior to returning home.
Sent for assessment
The accused made a few court appearances last week. During two of those appearances, they seemed at ease as they waited for their turn to face a judge.
Wearing dark jumpsuits, they cracked the occasional smile prior to taking their seat at the centre of the provincial courthouse in Harbour Grace.
Burton faced several charges including robbery, breaking and entering, theft, failure to comply with an undertaking, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He has since been sent for a psychiatric assessment by Judge Jacqueline Brazil and will return to court on May 19 for a possible bail hearing.
Meanwhile, Fry is also facing multiple charges. They include two counts of break and enter and failure to comply with an undertaking, along with single-counts of theft, robbery, mischief by damaging property and possession of property obtained by crime.
A bail hearing was on the court docket last week, but Fry chose to remain in custody. Fry’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 20.
Trinity Conception RCMP lead Evan Fry (left) and Joshua Burton into provincial court in Harbour Grace on May 12. The pair are suspects in a Bay Roberts home invasion on Mother’s Day.