At approximately 4:00 AM, Cape Breton Regional Police responded to the reports of 4 young men seen breaking into vehicles on Cottage Road. Police quickly arrested two of the males at the corner of Cottage Road and Bernard-Lynn Drive; the other two ran from the area, and additional patrol officers at the scene continued to pursue the two suspects on foot. Officers followed tracks and made several commands for the two suspects to stop for police, eventually locating and arresting them near the Bi-Centennial Arena.
All four were released on a Promise to Appear in Sydney Provincial Court in March.
On March 4th, a 17-year-old male youth faces charges of Trespassing, Possession of Break-in Instruments and Resisting a Peace Officer. The remaining three will appear on March 9th: a second 17-year-old male youth faces charges of Trespassing, Theft from a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, and Possession of Break-in Instruments; an 18-year-old male faces charges of Trespassing, Resisting a Peace Officer and two Breaches of Probation; and, a 22-year-old male faces charges of Trespassing, Theft from a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Possession of Break-in Instruments, Possession of a Weapon and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.
Police are investigating a number of complaints of vehicle entries and thefts throughout the CBRM the last several weeks.
On December 24th, police also arrested two adults after residents on Highland Street in Glace Bay reported seeing a man take two bags from a vehicle parked in their driveway at approximately 2:00 PM, and then running into the nearby woods. With a description, police quickly located and arrested a 29-year-old female on Nininan Street and later a 33-year-old male on Brookside Street. The female, from New Waterford, was charged with two Breaches of Probation and later released. The male – James Robert Nightingale of Sydney – was remanded to the Cape Breton Correctional Centre for a December 29th Court appearance, charged with Theft, Uttering Threats and two Breaches of Probation.
Police remind residents to take the necessary precautions to help prevent these crimes of opportunity, where unlocked doors allow quick and easy entry to vehicles and the sight of valuables is often a temptation for potential theft. Lock your doors and remove valuable items from vehicles our out of plain sight.
Please contact police (902-563-5151) if you witness any suspicious activity in or around parked vehicles, or throughout your neigbhourhoods.