Calgary, AB,

Police charge three in connection with property crimes

The Calgary Police Service has charged three people with separate property crimes in south Calgary.

At approximately 3 a.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, police were called to a residence along Somervale View S.W., after a homeowner found someone attempting to enter the home through a window. The suspect quickly fled but was tracked by the police K9 Unit and arrested.

Later that day, police officers on patrol found a vehicle with a stolen licence plate along New Brighton Drive S.E. and stopped the driver. A man was found inside with an airsoft gun, a butterfly knife, ammunition, break and enter tools, drugs and property believed to be stolen.

At approximately 5:30 a.m., the next day, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, a resident in the 400 block of Midglen Lane S.E., called police after a suspicious man attempted to open the door into her home. When she challenged the man, he claimed he was just trying to read her the Bible, then fled. Police found the suspect soon after with break and enter tools and property that is believed to be stolen.

Three men have been charged in these unrelated incidents.

Andrew James SCHANK, 27, of Calgary, is charged with one count of break and enter with intent in connection with the first incident.

Robert Joseph BROUSSEAU, 36, of Calgary, is charged with six counts of violating a probation order, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and one count each of possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of break-in instruments and possession of stolen property in connection with the second incident.

Dwayne Noel IRELAND, 35, of Calgary, is charged with four counts of being unlawfully at large, and one count each of break and enter with intent, possession of break-in instruments and obstructing a peace officer in connection with the third incident.

Residential break and enters have been on the rise across the city and police have been handing out leaflets and speaking to homeowners in areas that are most at risk. The public can help by securing their properties and reporting any suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods.

Suspicious activity can be reported to the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:

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