Break and enters continue at Airdrie residencess
According to RCMP, there have been 33 reported break and enters to residential homes in Airdrie from Sept. 13 to Oct. 16.
Suspects have been stealing garage door openers from vehicles and using them to gain access to residences through the garage. Recently, the suspects have been going as far as vandalizing vehicles by punching the locks in order to gain entry and steal the garage door openers.
Smaller items such as iPads, cell phones and cash have been reported stolen and the incidences have spread out over a number of suburban areas in Airdrie.
“Williamstown was hit pretty hard when this started, but it’s moved to areas all over the city,” said RCMP Media Liaison Cst. Jennifer Morin.
“We’re seeing a pattern and these crimes all have the same motive.”
Police say one suspect vehicle is a white Ford Bronco that has been spotted in areas where the break and enters have occurred.
Morin said Airdrie had a similar slew of incidents about three years ago, and through collaboration with the Calgary Police Service, arrests were made in Calgary. She says suspects could be from out of town in this instance as well.
“Strathmore has been having a series of similar break and enters recently as well,” said Morin. “This could be a situation where whoever is doing this is from Calgary or somewhere around this area.”
The Airdrie RCMP is advising residents to take extra precautions when securing their property and vehicles with the following tips:
• Assure all vehicle doors are locked, whether they are parked in the street, in a residence driveway or parkade.
• Do not leave any valuables in your vehicle.
• Do not leave garage door openers in your vehicle or in plain view.
• Park vehicles in a well-lit area.
• Make sure the access door to the residence from the garage is locked at all times.
Police are asking for assistance in identifying the suspects in these crimes.
“We have our units working on this,” said Morin. “Everyone is aware of this problem and we have units assigned.”
Theft at Canadian Tire
More than $3,100 of merchandise was stolen from the Airdrie Canadian Tire on Veterans Boulevard on Oct. 9 at approximately 11 a.m.
Airdrie RCMP is asking for the assistance of the public in identifying the suspect in the theft.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian male in his early 40s, approximately six-feet tall with a goatee and glasses, wearing a ball cap and a black hooded sweatshirt. He was seen leaving the premises in a blue one-ton pickup truck.
Officers believe the man entered the store and filled a cart with merchandise before walking out the door and loading the merchandise into the truck.
“Nobody was keeping an eye on the surveillance cameras at the time of the theft,” said Morin. “The theft was reported to us about 40 minutes after it happened.
Liquor store robbery
Airdrie Rural RCMP was dispatched to a report of robbery at the First Choice Liquor Mart on Railway Avenue in Crossfield on Oct. 13 at around 8 p.m.
According to reports, a male suspect entered the store, approached the clerk and handed her a note demanding money. Once the money was received the male left on foot. Nothing else was taken from the store and no one was physically harmed in the incident.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, approximately 6 feet tall, medium build and was wearing a black hooded sweater, black sunglasses with material around his face.
Police are asking for the assistance of the public in identifying the suspect.
If you have information on any unsolved crime, call the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.