Thief chased from house by homeowner

Crime: Residents reminded to protect their homes

By: Don Patterson

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 10:43 am

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RCMP are urging people to take steps to lock and protect their homes after a number of recent break-ins at rural properties in the foothills area.

Okotoks RCMP were able to catch and arrest a man after a DeWinton home was broken into while someone was home on Aug. 5

Around 8 p.m. that evening, the home’s owner confronted a man he found in the house.

“He was in the process of taking stuff when they found him,” said Okotoks RCMP Sgt. Donna Rorison.

The culprit then fled the home and ran toward Highway 2A and was located on the highway near the Okotoks overpass trying to hitchhike. He then fled into a field on the east side of the highway and was eventually located at a rural home nearby and arrested.

Rorison said RCMP were in the area setting up a perimeter when an area resident saw the suspect and called police.

She said no one was hurt in the break-and-enter.

“They found him and they threw him out and he took off,” said Rorison.

Brian White Man Left, 45, of Standoff, has been charged with break and enter and mischief under $5,000.

High River RCMP are also investigating two separate break-ins that occurred south of the town over the long weekend.

An unknown number of people broke into two homes on 88 Street south of the community and made off with a number of items, including a TV, electronics, furniture, camping gear, a laptop, jewelry and other household items. A vehicle was stolen from one home and was later discovered in a rural area.

Anyone with information in these break-ins is asked to contact High River RCMP at 403-652-2357 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Rorison urged residents to take steps to protect their homes against thieves.

“Lock your house and make sure, if you’re going to be away, that your neighbours know,” she said. “If you see something suspicious in your neighbourhood call us.”

Rorison said break-and-enters don’t often happen while people are home.

As well, she said break-ins are more common in acreage areas where people are less likely to be home during the day, than farms where people are more likely to be around.

“Rural areas are sometimes easy pickings, depending on how close your neighbours are,” she said.


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