Cal­gary po­lice look­ing for miss­ing badge after break in at of­fi­cer’s home

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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.

JIM WELLS/POST­MEDIA

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.

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