SPRINGHILL – A string of break and enters at seemingly random homes over the weekend are believed connected, acting police chief Dean Ruddick says.
Police arrested three individuals from New Brunswick in Springhill on Thursday and charged two following the theft fo several vehicles in Sussex, N.B.
“We believe the four incidents are related,” Ruddick said. “We’re reminding people to lock their doors, keep their valuables secure and report any suspicious activity to police.”
Reports of break and enters began the afternoon of Saturday, August 23. Police initially responded to an attempted break and enter at 2 p.m. at a Starr Street residence, where no entry was gained but damage to a lock was evident. No one was home at the time.
Later, at approximately 11 p.m. at night, a Junction Road resident reported a large quantity of money was stolen from the home. Police investigated and determined the culprit gained entry through an unlocked door when no one was home. An item was seized from the home by police and sent to RCMP Identification Services.
A third complaint was received a few hours later on Sunday at 1:20 a.m., reporting a prowler on Pleasant Street. Police patrolled the area and learned a number of items had been taken from the shed on the property, but one item was later located and returned.
The fourth related report came at 9:48 a.m., when a Main Street resident reported a chainsaw had been stolen from their shed during the night. Police determined the culprit gained entry through a glass window.
No further reports of break and enter or related theft since the weekend have come in, Ruddick said.