Police looking to return more than $70,000 worth of stolen construction tools

The Calgary Police Service Online Stolen Property Unit has charged one man and recovered more than $70,000 worth of stolen construction tools from a residence in northeast Calgary.

On Oct. 6, 2018, at 4:30 a.m., unknown suspects forced entry into a contracting business located in the 4400 block of 58 Avenue S.E. Once inside, suspects stole approximately $8,500 worth of construction tools.

On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, an employee of the construction business located what was believed to be his tools for sale on an online classified ad. The employee contacted the seller and arranged to meet at a residence located in the 6100 block of Madigan Drive N.E. While in the process of buying back his property, the employee noticed a large amount of other construction tools in the residence, including other items stolen from his business.

The employee contacted police and officers from the Online Stolen Property Unit began investigating.

On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, investigators conducted a search warrant at the residence and located approximately $70,000 worth of construction tools. Police also seized a small amount of methamphetamine. Photos of some of the seized items are available on The City of Calgary Newsroom.

As a result, Nicholas Robert BURROWS, 32, of Calgary, has been charged with three counts of break and enter, two counts of breaching a probation order and one count each of trafficking stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. He was also charged with one outstanding warrant.

Investigators are currently in the process of returning the stolen property to rightful owners based on previously completed stolen property reports, however there are still a number of items that police are looking to return to citizens. A photo gallery has been set up with the remaining items for citizens to look through on the Calgary Police Service Facebook page. Citizens who are able to identify any of the stolen items as their own are asked to make note of serial numbers or identifying features of their property and email This dedicated email address will remain open until Monday, July 1, 2019, for property owners to contact.

Police remind citizens to keep records of their property including serial numbers or any identifying marks so that property can be quickly returned in the event it is lost or stolen. Always mark property with a name and phone number, or alternatively with a driver’s licence number, so police know who to contact.

Case # 19189486/4094