Chas­ing a thief

Po­lice release im­ages of sus­pected bur­glar who may be re­spon­si­ble for breaks

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM DAY

The im­ages are star­tling. The sus­pected bur­glar is wear­ing gloves and a ski mask. Only his eyes and lips are vis­i­ble.

In one photo the man is hold­ing a lad­der over his shoul­der.

In oth­ers, he ap­pears to be slink­ing around a garage.

The im­ages were ob­tained from a home se­cu­rity sys­tem in Strat­ford. The RCMP be­lieves the man cap­tured on video has com­mit­ted nu­mer­ous breaks and en­ters in Strat­ford, as well as oth­ers in Char­lot­te­town and Corn­wall. Po­lice re­leased im­ages of the man in hopes some­one can point them in the right di­rec­tion.

“The lips or the way the per­son is hold­ing his body or so and so has that type of jacket — any­thing that they can see in that pic­ture,’’ says RCMP Sgt. Leanne But­ler.

“The pub­lic is fab­u­lous for as­sist­ing the po­lice ... it just takes the one right per­son (to pro­vide key in­for­ma­tion).’’

A Strat­ford res­i­dent, who asked to re­main anony­mous, has friends in Strat­ford that have been rat­tled by some­one break­ing into their homes.

“It’s scary when you have chil­dren, for sure,’’ she says.

“You don’t want strangers in your house.’’

The woman says her home has an alarm sys­tem and great care is taken to en­sure the doors are locked and win­dows se­curely shut.

The RCMP is urg­ing the pub­lic to pay close at­ten­tion to home se­cu­rity and re­port sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity.

“Foot­prints that seem out of place, cut screens on win­dows, miss­ing items and sus­pi­cious cars, peo­ple, or ac­tiv­i­ties should be re­ported to po­lice as soon as pos­si­ble in or­der that of­fi­cers can at­tend and ob­tain all ev­i­dence pos­si­ble,’’ says But­ler.

“The sooner po­lice are no­ti­fied, the bet­ter the ev­i­dence col­lected and the more likely the crim­i­nal can be ar­rested.’’

Since the spring of 2015, RCMP has warned res­i­dents in the Strat­ford area of a string of break and en­ters.

A task force was de­vel­oped when the po­lice noted that break and en­ters sim­i­lar in na­ture were also oc­cur­ring in Corn­wall and Char­lot­te­town with in­ves­ti­ga­tors fo­cused on solv­ing th­ese on­go­ing crimes.

Re­cent in­ci­dents in Strat­ford in­di­cate the break and en­ter cul­prit is still ac­tive.

In both in­ci­dents, a screen was cut on res­i­dence win­dows.

SUB­MIT­TED

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors have re­leased this photo, taken from a night vi­sion se­cu­rity cam­era. It shows the thief in­side the at­tached car garage of a Strat­ford home.

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