Calgary, AB,

Man charged with breaking into a seniors complex

The Calgary Police Service has charged a man after he allegedly broke into a seniors’ complex yesterday.

Police were called by staff at a seniors apartment complex located in the 1500 block of 9 Street S.W. at approximately 7:20 a.m., on Monday, March 14, 2016, after residents reported that a window in a common area had been smashed from the outside. Staff checked the building and confronted a man who was not a resident. The man left without incident.

It is believed that once inside the seniors’ complex, the man consumed food and coffee from the common kitchen. After that the man went through the building, going into multiple apartments taking cell phones, wallets and purses. The suspect came face to face with a 90-year-old woman residing in one of the apartments he entered. He stole her wallet before walking out and leaving her shaken.

Staff and tenants were able to provide a description of the suspect, as he was known to them from a previous break and enter. Officers patrolled the area and quickly located a man matching the description.

Donald Murray BOYCHUK, 44, of no fixed address, has been charged with three counts of break and enter to commit an offence and failing to comply with a probation order. He will next appear in court on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.

Seniors in need of support services following incidents such as this are encouraged to contact the Kerby Centre Elder Abuse Resource Line at 403-705-3250. Anyone who has information about similar incidents is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service non-emergency number 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

Case #16111110/4354