Police chase break-in suspects
Crime: RCMP investigating rash of thefts from rural homes
By: Don Patterson
| Posted: Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 06:00 am
Police are on the trail of a trio suspected of being involved in a number of break and enters at homes in rural areas around Calgary and a high-speed chase between Black Diamond and Okotoks last week.
Okotoks RCMP responded to a report of a break-in in progress a home southwest of Okotoks at around 9:37 a.m. on Jan. 24.
Okotoks RCMP Sgt. Donna Rorison said they are investigating the possibility this could be part of a rash of break and enters in homes in rural areas outside Calgary.
“We don’t know if it’s related, but it’s been happening,” she said. “It’s not just in our area, it’s in other areas as well, but we’ve had a rash of them.”
The homeowner was in the house at the time and managed to scare off the suspects.
Rorison said the homeowner was not harmed in the confrontation and it didn’t appear the suspects were armed.
“There’s no indication that there was weapons, if there were she didn’t see them,” she said.
As the suspects fled, the homeowner saw them drive off in a black 2010 Audi A5 convertible with the Alberta Licence plate ‘AUDIAUS’. Soon after the suspects were located at a gas station in Black Diamond. Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but were unsuccessful, and a high-speed pursuit ensued.
Rorison said the suspects were pursued towards Okotoks and police lost track of them in the town.
Cochrane RCMP went to the home of the registered owner of the Audi in the Spring Bank area and found that it too had been broken into. The Audi and a 2010 Lexus RX350 were both stolen from the garage at the home. The house was also ransacked and numerous high-value items were stolen, including jewelry and an extensive wine collection.
Police were able to obtain pictures of the suspects from surveillance videos.
The first suspect is described as a white male, approximately six feet tall and 200 pounds. He has brown hair and tattooed sleeves on both the left ant right arms.
The second suspect is a white male, approximately 30 years of age, with black hair and approximately five feet, nine inches tall and 180 pounds.
The third suspect is a white female, approximately 30 years old with dark hair.
Rorison is asking anyone who may have seen the vehicle or suspects on Friday to contact police.
The incident comes after a number of homes in the Dunbow Road and Norris Coulee areas were broken into on Jan. 8.
Rorison doesn’t believe the suspects involved in last week’s incident were involved in the Jan. 8 break and enters. The suspects in last week’s case don’t match the description of the people believed to be involved in the Jan. 8 break and enters.
Rorison encouraged people to be vigilant to help prevent break-ins.
She said most break-ins occur during daytime hours when residents aren’t home and people need to be vigilant to prevent thefts. Rorison said to move any valuables out of sight and to keep doors locked.
“If somebody bangs on your door and you’re not expecting company, look and see who it is before you bang on the door,” said Rorison. “Just be cognizant about the fact that these things have been happening in the area.”
She also said people need to remember to remove valuables from their vehicles and keep them locked as well.
Anyone who has information regarding the break and enters, or any other case, is asked to contact Okotoks RCMP at 403-995-6400. Anonymous tips can be made to CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).