Monday, October 18, 2010

East and West side of city plagued by a string of break ins

Seven residential break ins in nine days, have the RCMP warning about the brazen nature of the criminals, offering up some tips on how to better protect your home and property and seeking some official property of an RCMP member.

The break and enter incidents took place on both the east side and west side of town between October 10th and the 18th, with five of the seven conducted between 1:30 and 3 am.

Three of the incidents involved the suspects kicking in a door, but leaving without any property when an alarm sounded, another three incidents were interrupted by residents waking up and scaring off the suspects to flee empty handed.

The final and only successful incident of the string, took place on October 17th around 2 am when the suspect or suspects gained entry to a residence through an unlocked car port or back door.

Upon entry to the residence they took a light blue Ipod Nano, a Nikon D80 camera with two lens' and an RCMP police badge and wallet.  The wallet was subsequently discovered with the use of the RCMP dog with all identification and cards intact, but without the RCMP badge which is still missing.

While that investigation continues, the RCMP have reminded anyone that impersonating a police officer is a criminal code position and is punishable by a fine of not more than 5,000 dollars and/or up to six months in jail.

While the break ins are still recent occurrences, the RCMP  is seeking further information about any of the crimes, those with any information can contact the local detachment at 250-627-0700, call toll free to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or log on to the website to provide assistance on the files.

A full review of the string of break ins as well as a number of home security suggestions can be found from this link on the RCMP website

CFTK TV 7 News-- Rash of Prince Rupert Break and enters
CFTK TV 7 News-- Rupert break ins (video report)
Vancouver Province-- Cop's badge stolen in Prince Rubert home robbery

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