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Man arrested after series of vehicle break-ins at University of Alberta hospital


EDMONTON — A man is facing 38 charges after a series of vehicle break-ins near Edmonton's University of Alberta hospital.

Police say the man was arrested Friday after officers saw him speeding away from the area on a bike.

One officer caught up to him and took him into custody.

Police say they found break-and-enter tools on the suspect at the time of his arrest.

Richard Harnum, who is 32, was wanted for multiple break-ins of vehicles belonging to health-care workers such as nurses and respiratory therapists.

Police say those workers will have one less worry on their mind as hospitals deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Investigators believe other health-care workers at the U of A hospital could have been targeted.

They are asking anyone whose vehicles were broken into recently in the Strathcona neighbourhood to call police or submit the information online.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 8, 2020

The Canadian Press

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