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String of B&Es cause for concern

A significant rise in break and enters in Canmore over the past six months have RCMP on the lookout and asking for the public’s help. The break ins have all occurred at local businesses and Const.

A significant rise in break and enters in Canmore over the past six months have RCMP on the lookout and asking for the public’s help.

The break ins have all occurred at local businesses and Const. Chris Lavery asked this week for the public to report any suspicious activity in and around businesses at night or in the early morning hours.

“We have had over 30 break and enters over the past six months,” Lavery said. “This is one of the most frustrating crimes, because if we are not there at the exact time, it is hard to catch the person afterward.”

Last Tuesday (June 28) night, Rapunzel’s Aveda Day Spa and Salon on Bow Valley Trail was the most recent business broken into.

Entry was gained by prying the back door of the business open before an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen from a register after it was broken into.

Each crime has been investigated, but at this point no charges have been laid. Lavery said a suspect has been observed on video surveillance, but it is unclear if the same person is involved in each instance.

“We cannot say for sure this is the same person… but it is our experience some of (these crimes) may be the same person,” he said. “We are looking for the public’s help.”

The suspect caught on video is described as Caucasian with a thin build, six feet tall and approximately 180 pounds. He has also been observed riding a bicycle and wearing a hooded shirt and usually gains entrance by smashing a glass door or prying the lock.

Once inside the business, money is the only thing taken prompting police to ask businesses to take precautions.

Lavery said that includes leaving some lights on to keep the premises visible, not keeping cash on hand and ensuring alarm systems are set and in good working order. If a security video system is available, have it turned on.

Continued patrols will take place at all hours of the night and early morning in efforts to stop these crimes. Anyone with any information regarding these occurrences is asked to call Canmore RCMP at 403-678-5519 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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