Cremona youth charged with break and enter, theft
A 17-year-old Cremona youth has been charged with two counts of break, enter and theft after a recent police investigation.
“On April 14, a residence on a Water Valley property was broken into,” said Cpl. Warren Wright of the Didsbury RCMP detachment. “A laptop computer, a pocket watch and a quantity of cash was stolen from the residence.”
A witness had observed a suspicious vehicle in the area at the time of the break-in and had spoken with the young male driver, Cpl. Wright added. “The witness was able to tentatively identify the young man to the Didsbury RCMP,” he said.
A week later, on April 21, a second residence in Water Valley was broken into. “This time, only a quantity of cash was taken,” said Cpl. Wright. “The homeowners advised the Didsbury RCMP that they had suspicions the person responsible was someone close to them, as they had large aggressive dogs in their yard and the secret location of the cash stolen was known to very few.”
This information helped the police to narrow down their list of suspects and determine that the two break and enters were connected.
“Accordingly, we began to focus our attention on specifically one young man who is originally from the Water Valley area,” said Cpl. Wright.
On April 22, Didsbury RCMP located and arrested the young man. “He confessed to both break and enters,” said Cpl. Wright. “A search warrant was sworn and executed at the young man’s Cremona residence. The laptop, the pocket watch and a small remainder of the stolen cash was recovered.”
The youth will appear in provincial court in Didsbury on May 28.