Calgary, AB,

Charges in 12 daytime break and enters

The Calgary Police Service has charged two people in relation to 12 daytime break and enters in the Varsity area between April 13, 2015 and May 5, 2015.

In each of these incidents it is alleged the suspects were residents of the Varsity area who would walk around the neighbourhood to gain knowledge of homes, prior to conducting a break and enter.  It is believed they gained entry by smashing glass at the rear of residences or entering through basement windows. The male suspect would enter the premises, taking jewelry and small electronics, while the female would remain outside, keeping watch.

In one incident a neighbourhood coffee shop in the 4600 block of Varsity Drive N.W. was targeted, where a laptop and cellphone were stolen from behind the counter.

It is believed the suspects were pawning stolen jewelry to local pawnshops, while the electronics and laptops were given to drug dealers in order to support a fentanyl addiction. The pawned jewelry has been recovered and returned to homeowners; however the electronics, laptops and some jewelry is still outstanding.

Richard ASKIN, 23, of Calgary is charged with 12 counts of break and enter, one count of fraud under $5,000, one count trafficking stolen property, and one count of theft.

Brooke KELK, 19, of Calgary, is charged with 12 counts of break and enter, five counts of fraud under $5,000, five counts of trafficking stolen property, and one count of theft.

Police are reminding Calgarians to make sure all windows, house doors and patio doors are locked, especially during the summer months when warm temperatures can result in these being left open.

Case # 15163647/4638