Three people will appear in St. Albert court after city police said they were caught breaking into a local storage unit.
St. Albert RCMP were on patrol at about 9:30 p.m. on March 9, 2023, when they got a call about a possible break-and-enter in progress at a St. Albert storage facility, said Const. MJ Burroughs. Burroughs would not reveal the facility’s location because of an ongoing investigation. (Google Maps suggests that St. Albert has about five dedicated storage facilities divided between the Campbell and Riel business parks and the U-Store-It site north of Costco on Hwy. 2.)
On arrival, police spotted and arrested two individuals who had apparently broken into a storage unit but had yet to steal anything from it. A third person was located elsewhere in the facility with the help of an RCMP dog team and arrested.
Jamie Green, 32, of Morinville, Steven Bolle, 40, of Busby, and Dustin Waldbrook, 37, of Bon Accord, were charged with one count each of mischief, break and enter, and possession of a break-in instrument. Bolle was also charged with a failure to comply with a judicial order. Waldbrook was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Green was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in St. Albert Provincial Court on April 3, 2023. Bolle was granted bail but remains in jail pending his April 3 appearance in St. Albert court. Waldbrook was denied bail and will stay in jail until his March 20 appearance in St. Albert court.
Burroughs said police have stepped up patrols in hot spots in St. Albert in response to a rise in break-and-enters. (The RCMP Crime Map showed a cluster of break-ins and thefts in downtown St. Albert and the Riel and Campbell business parks as of March 14, 2023.) She advised business owners to protect against break-ins by having functional security systems and removing all cash from their businesses overnight, with cash registers left open at night to show there is nothing in them to steal.