Strathmore RCMP was dispatched to a break and enter at a local downtown pharmacy on June 5th at approximately 12:38 a.m.
The break-in marked the fourth in three months. RCMP noted entry had been gained through the garage bay door and significant force was used, potentially with a vehicle. Having worked with the business owner on prior break-ins, tracking technology was implemented as a deterrent and form of protection.
Responding members were led to a nearby business where a pickup truck with fresh damage was noted. A search warrant was obtained for the business and a search was conducted.
A lone male occupant was found within the business. A search of the premises resulted in the recovery of over 150 prescription medications stolen in this incident and one(s) prior. The male occupant, a 36-year-old Strathmore man, was arrested and transported to the Strathmore Detachment where he was held and eventually released on conditions with a future court date to face charges in these matters.
“Strathmore Detachment investigators have been working with the business owner through the break and enters into their business to find ways to detect and prevent further victimization. Fortunately, in this case, this partnership led to an arrest, identification of the offender, recovery of prescription medication, and anticipated charges as a result. Our detachment members will continue to monitor this offender in the weeks and months to come in an effort to prevent further crimes. I’d like to thank the pharmacy owner for their cooperation and patience while our investigators worked to solve these crimes,” said Staff Sergeant Mark Wielgosz Detachment Commander with the Strathmore RCMP.
To date, Strathmore RCMP has tied the offender to three of four break-ins at the same pharmacy. Several charges are pending which include but are not limited to Break and Enter with Intent to Commit and Indictable Offence, Theft Over $5,000, Mischief, and Wearing a Disguise with Intent to Commit an Offense.
The investigation is ongoing at this time.
Anyone with further information concerning this incident or the prior break-ins is encouraged to contact the Strathmore Detachment at 403-934-3968. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.p3tips.com, or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play store.