Calgary police say there has been a 15 percent increase in commercial break and enters in the city this year, and they’ve recently made two arrests in relation to some of these crimes.
In a release, CPS said offenders are targeting cash and valuables in businesses such as convenience stores, gas stations and restaurants.
“We know the community is concerned with these types of offences and we have been working with businesses to raise awareness of these issues and how we can prevent this type of crime,” said Const. Ashley Halliwell with the general investigations unit in a press release.
Halliwell said the service is also working to investigate break-ins and hold those who commit the crimes accountable.
Two men are facing charges in relation to several commercial break and enters.
Marschal Stephen Patey, 19, has been charged with five counts of break and enter, and one count each of possession of stolen property and failure to comply with a release order. His next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, May 9.
Joey Patrick Potter, 20, has been charged with break and enter, two counts of possession of stolen property, mischief to property, possession of a controlled substance and seven counts of failure to comply with a release orderHis next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10.