Trio ar­rested in con­nec­tion to string of thefts val­ued at more than $500,000

StarMetro Halifax - - HALIFAX - PHILIP CROUCHER

Three peo­ple from the Hal­i­fax area are fac­ing a slew of charges fol­low­ing a year­long string of thefts that po­lice say carry a to­tal price tag of more than $500,000.

The RCMP say from Jan­uary to Oc­to­ber of this year, there have been dozens of thefts re­ported from homes and busi­nesses in Hal­i­fax, Hants and Lunen­burg coun­ties. Po­lice say the crimes were con­nected — with a speed­boat, trailer, tires and power tools among the items taken. An RCMP re­lease is­sued on Mon­day said a busi­ness in Hal­i­fax and a home in Hub­bards were re­cently searched by in­ves­ti­ga­tors. In­side the two, of­fi­cers say they found some of the stolen items.

One of the men ar­rested,

39-year-old Ni­cholas John Mitchell, of Hub­bards, is fac­ing 39 charges in to­tal, in­clud­ing 11 counts of break and enter, six counts of mis­chief and 10 counts of pos­ses­sion of stolen items. Also ar­rested were 46-year-old Dar­lene Marie Ma­caulay, of Tan­tallon, who is fac­ing six charges in to­tal, and 42-yearold An­drew Ste­wart Ritchie, of Hatchet Lake, who is fac­ing a to­tal of two charges.

“Through­out the past eight months, RCMP in­ves­ti­ga­tors were able to draw upon a num­ber of re­sources and ex­perts to bring this in­ves­ti­ga­tion to a suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion,” Insp. Rob Bell said. “By charg­ing those re­spon­si­ble we have stopped a break-an­den­ter crime spree af­fect­ing nu­mer­ous com­mu­ni­ties in Nova Sco­tia.” More lo­cal news at thes­tar.com/hal­i­fax

RCMP PHOTO

Po­lice in Nova Sco­tia say one of the items stolen in a string of thefts was this speed­boat.

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