Trio arrested in connection to string of thefts valued at more than $500,000
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
Police in Nova Scotia say one of the items stolen in a string of thefts was this speedboat.