Calgary police looking for missing badge after break in at officer’s home
Calgary police are looking for a stolen badge after a man broke into the home of an officer last month, stealing the officer’s phone and badge, among other valuable items.
About 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, the officer was at home in Cambrian Heights and when they went upstairs for a few minutes, someone entered the house through the front door.
The suspect used keys taken from the home to steal a vehicle, fleeing the area.
Responding officers tracked the phone to the 0-100 block of Hendon Drive N.W., they found the stolen vehicle, and stolen items, except the badge, inside.
At the same time, a residential break and enter call came in nearby in the 900 block of 39 Ave. N.W.
The police canine unit tracked the suspect to the 0-100 block of Harlow Ave. N.W. where he was arrested.
Police believe the man to be responsible for other break and enters in the area.
Officers conducted an extensive search of the area where the crimes occurred, but have yet to turn up the missing badge. Police said no other items of police property were taken from the house.
If you are approached by a non-uniformed police officer, Calgary police encourage you to ask for photo identification in addition to a badge — a right that citizens have.
Non-uniformed officers are mandated to carry picture identification, as well as their badge at all times.
Police said you can also ask for an officer’s last name, and call 403-266-1234 to confirm they are dealing with a real officer.
Travis Thunderchild Whitequills, 18, of Calgary, is charged with four counts of break and enter, five counts of theft under $5,000 and six counts of breaching a court order, amongst others.
An officer's badge and gun is displayed by a member of the Calgary Police Online Stolen Property Team during a morning briefing on Thursday, June 14, 2018.