Men charged in break-and-enter spree
Stores in Grandin mall and McKenney Avenue broken into
Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 04:15 pm
St. Albert RCMP have arrested and charged two men in relation to a string of break and enters at area businesses from December, 2013 to March this year.
Taylor Matchett, 26 and Robert Ewald Fehlauer, 25, face 14 counts each of break and enter and wearing a disguise with the intent to commit a crime.
The string of crimes began on Dec. 22, 2013 when RCMP received a report that the St. Albert Dodge dealership had been broken into. The next day, a report came in that someone had tried to pry open the door at the Amber Lane Goldsmith store on McKenney Avenue.
On Christmas Day there was a break-in to the Subway restaurant located on McKenney Avenue. Shortly after there were a series of break and enters to five businesses located in Grandin mall, including the Force on Force Tactical Training centre and the SHAVA bookstore.
Little Caesar's Pizza on Hebert Road was broken into on Jan. 4. Grandin mall was struck again on March 10 when the bingo hall and Kabul Tailoring were broken into.
Matchett and Fehlauer were arrested on March 23 after a joint investigation by four RCMP units, including the RCMP drug section.
Cpl. Laurel Kading with St. Albert RCMP said some businesses have prepared a statement of loss, but could not comment on the monetary value of losses incurred.
The two men, originally from B.C., were residing in a house in St. Albert where RCMP recovered stolen items.
The duo is also charged with breaking and entering into commercial stores in Edmonton.
A store in the area of 149 Street and 111 Avenue was broken into on Jan. 14 around 1 a.m. On Jan. 25, a store in the area of 34 Avenue and 99 Street was also broken into.
Although suspects had already fled the scene, surveillance footage of a suspect vehicle was obtained and shared with local media outlets and the public.
In March, St. Albert RCMP notified the Edmonton Police Service about the arrests of Matchett and Fehlauer as they were suspects in two Edmonton break and enters in January.
“The charges from Edmonton resulted from information that came from (our detachment),” said Kading.
She noted this is a good example of two municipal police forces working together.
Matchett has been charged with four counts of break and enter and Fehlauer with two counts. Edmonton police have also charged a third person, Stephanie Bain, 24, with two counts of break and enter.
Matchett and Fehlauer will face their charges in St. Albert court on April 28.