Calgary, AB,

Man charged in series of commercial break-ins

Calgary Police Service officers have arrested one man and laid charges following a series of seven commercial break-ins that impacted businesses along 17 Avenue S.E., this month.

Since Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, police received five reports of break and enters at businesses located between the 4600 block and 5500 block of 17 Avenue S.E., and one at a business located in the 6000 block of Memorial Drive East. The businesses broken into included fast food restaurants, a rental car company and a medical clinic.

Although no suspects were immediately identified, police believed the break-ins were connected.

On Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at approximately 2:40 a.m., police received a report of a man breaking into a Husky gas station, located at 5505 17 Ave. S.E. Upon arrival, our officers located a man as he was leaving the store and took him into custody without incident.

While the investigation into four of the break-ins remains ongoing, one man has been charged in relation to three of the incidents.

“We know how much these break-ins impacted the businesses in our community,” says CPS District 4 Inspector Asif Rashid. “Not only did these incidents affect the community’s sense of safety, but it also created significant disruptions to these businesses and we are glad that we were able to hold someone accountable.”

Ryan John WILSON, 40, of Calgary, charged with three counts of break and enter and two counts of possession of break-in instruments. WILSON will next appear in court on Monday, March 2, 2020.

Case #20069665/5071