Police were called to two overnight residential break and enters this week in the Grandin Village area of St. Albert. In both cases the residents were sleeping at home at the time.
On Tuesday, responded to a call at 6:30 a.m. that a theft had happened sometime overnight in the Grandin Village area.
An unknown person or persons had entered the home through a possible unlocked door and stole a house and vehicle key. The person then broke into the Jeep parked in the driveway and stole a wallet.
The culprit then went to a store and used the stolen debit card to make purchases.
The homeowners never saw the suspect or suspects responsible.
Just before 10 a.m. on the same day, the RCMP responded to another break and enter complaint in the Grandin Village area. The homeowners heard noises at around 1:30 a.m. on the first floor of their two-storey condo unit, but they decided to wait until the morning to call the RCMP.
An investigation revealed the suspect broke into the home through an unlocked door and took two purses, school bags and a PlayStation 4.
One suspect was seen by the homeowner’s 17-year-old daughter and is described as a male who is around six feet tall with a heavy build. He was seen wearing a dark red hoodie.
St. Albert RCMP Const. Yelena Avoine said that when the weather gets warmer it bring more opportunities for criminals to prey on unprotected or unlocked property.
“It doesn’t take long,” Avoine said. “During the day in the summer make sure everything is secured and locked and get to know your neighbours too. If they see someone they don’t know in the neighbourhood then they can alert us.”
The RCMP said to protect property by always keeping doors and windows locked and to keep valuables out of sight.
Anyone with information about these or any other crimes is asked to contact St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700 or the Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4550. Anonymous tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at www.tipsubmit.com.